Hair For Hope – Singapore staff make bald statement supporting children with cancer

June 2014 │ Singapore

Thursday, June 5, saw 53 people, including 11 children of staff, converge at the Singapore offices to have their heads shaved as a demonstration of their support and to raise funds for children with cancer. The event, part of the annual Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF) Hair for Hope initiative, creates awareness of childhood cancer, raises funds, and builds a community of support for children with cancer and their families.

Jacqueline Koh, a Deutsche Bank Associate from Asset & Wealth Management was the sole female of the group to shave in support of CCF. Her husband was diagnosed with nose cancer in 2007 and has now successfully battled the disease. She decided to take a stand and shave to show support for the children and their mothers her husband met in the hospital during his own treatment two years ago, and who are still continuing their fight against cancer. “I can’t find a cure for cancer, but this is what I can do for them,” said Jacqueline.

While shaving, shavees told moving stories of the reason behind their decision to shave, many having loved ones who had once battled or are battling cancer. Of the 53 shavees, some were spectators-turned-shavees who decided to shave after hearing the shavees’ stories and witnessing their bravery first-hand. One of these was Abhimanyau Pal, Executive Director of Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD). He was originally present to receive the congratulatory letter on behalf of SPD, one of the four charities that the Bank is supporting this year for Donate One Day, Deutsche Bank’s signature salary donation scheme.

Another Deutsche Bank shavee, Simon Chan, Incident Management Specialist with Group Technology and Operations, said, “Hair will not grow back the next day, and by doing this, I hope to start questions and conversation to raise awareness for the children, and at the same time show support to the children that they are not alone and that we are standing by them.”

Having committed to raising SGD 10,000, by the end of the day Deutsche Bank volunteers had secured SGD 42,000 in pledges, with more coming in. With the total amount raised standing at more than SGD 60,000, the target has now been raised to SGD 100,000. Staff and public who would like to contribute to the cause can visit the fundraising page here.

Run by CCF, Hair for Hope is the only head-shaving event in Singapore and raises funds and awareness of childhood cancer. Every shaven head represents an understanding by an individual of the ordeal a child with cancer is subjected to. All funds raised will contribute towards funding free critical programmes and services for CCF’s beneficiaries. To find out more about Hair for Hope, please visit https://hairforhope.org.sg/


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