No qualms about going bald to help children with cancer
KUCHING: When Sprin Brayong wanted to shave her head bald to help raise funds for children with cancer last year, her husband balked at the idea and opposed it.
He, however, had a change of heart this year.
"I think he changed his mind because these children touched his heart," said Sprin.
The 48-year-old, who works at the laundry department at Kuching Hilton, hotel general manager Jon Warmington and 27 other hotel staff will shave their heads to raise funds for children with cancer, under the annual Go Bald 4.0 campaign organised by the Sarawak Children's Cancer Society (SCCS).
The campaign, which started on March 26, will end on May 20 with a mass shaving exercise.
"This is a noble cause. I'm happy doing it and I want to help these children. I hope they can be cured," Sprin added.
As of yesterday, 104 volunteers had shaved their heads.
Suzanna Adee, manager of SCCS programmes and services, said yesterday that all the society's committee members, including five women, would go bald on May 20.
Adee said SCCS had been raising funds for children with cancer through this signature event since 2009. Since then, some 1,000 volunteers have gone bald and more than RM1 million had been raised.
"Last year, 600 volunteers had their heads shaved and collected about RM800,000. The target this year is 1,000 volunteers."
This is the second year staff of Kuching Hilton are participating in the fund-raising drive.
"Last year, 32 staff, including two women, went bald to raise more than RM10,500. This symbolic act is a sign of solidarity and popular in many countries.
"It is a special way for people to show their support for the kids' bravery and raise awareness of children's cancer," said Warmington.
He said Hilton Batang Ai Resort would also be organising a mass shaving exercise soon, where residents of nearby longhouses would be invited to participate.