Go, Bald Warriors!
IT HAS BEEN 7 years since Emma Maria Masing lost her childhood friend to cancer. Although she was 8 years old at that time, the memory of her friend still lingers.
In honour of her friend, Emma did something those most teenage girls are reluctant to do.
She decided to go bald.
Emma was one of the pledgers for the sixth edition of Go Bald organised by Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS) to raise money and awareness for children with cancer yesterday at City One Mall.
Go Bald’s aim is to encourage members of the public to come together to pledge moral support by shaving their heads bald for children with cancer.
“I wanted to join last year, but my mum said it was too soon.” After receiving the green light from her parents, Emma started to ask for donations with the Go Bald pledge card a month before the event.
At the end of the day she managed to raise some RM81, 307 for the noble cause.
Emma’s friends and families were not the only who crowded the centre atrium of CityOne Mall, hundreds people came and went throughout the event to cheer on and support those who shave their heads.
To avoid participants having to wait so long like before, Go Bald founder Rodney Wong said this year SCCS created slots for participants to come in groups at different times.
Another young Bald Warrior is 18-year-old student from NIIT College Teo Wei Na who managed to raise RM224.45 for the Go Bald cause.
Like Emma, Teo also had thoughts of joining Go Bald a year ago.
“I knew about the event last year but I wasn’t ready and didn’t raise any money. So this year I decided to join it,” she said.
“I want to help children with cancer,” she shared when I caught her for a quick interview after Teo had her make up done as all women Bald Warriors were given a free make up session after the shaving.
“Why shouldn’t I go bald?” was Joel Valentine’s answer when I asked the 26-year-old why he pledged for Go Bald.
Jokes aside, Joel finally shared his side of the story on why he decided to go bald in the name of charity. He was strolling around CityOne Mall about 2 weeks ago when Joel saw SCCS’ booth open up for pledgers.
Out of curiosity, he asked what the Go Bald campaign was all about and ended up taking the pledge card home to raise donations.
The 26-year-old airline maintenance crew raised RM491 from his friends and colleagues to show support for children with cancer.
Besides pledging for Go Bald, Joel is also a volunteer at Sarawak Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) Kuching.
At the end of the day, 589 men and 88 brave women went bald for Kuching’s edition of Go Bald, raising about RM397, 000.
SCCS’s ambition for the money raised this year is to have a new centre in Miri so that they can further expand their services and care to the children who are residing in the northern region of Sarawak.
The centre works as a halfway house for families who need to travel in order to seek medical treatment at Miri General Hospital.
Their stay at the centre is free, in addition to food and transportation from the hospital being provided.
Besides that, SCCS also provides other services such as financial assistance to patients, tutoring for patients at the ward and organising outings, holiday camps for the children and their families.
SCCS caters to around 700 children with cancer throughout Sarawak and most of them are diagnosed with leukaemia.
The Go Bald event will be happening every week in the month of May in the following cities; Sibu Delta Mall on May 11, Bintulu Park City Mall on May 18 and Miri Bintang Megamall on May 25.
So all those who are in Sibu, Bintulu and Miri, what are you guys waiting for? Join Bald Warriors like Emma, Teo and Joel to shave their heads for charity.