Brave souls

More than 380 people made a bald statement at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery. They shaved their heads to show support for children with cancer. It was the first of many Hair For Hope satellite events from April until the main event on July 29 and 30. Organised by Children's Cancer Foundation, it aims to raise $3.6 million.

Rina Lerh and Lerh Hwee Lern

Accounts executive, 40, and full-time student, 36

Number of times taking part:

Rina 4, Hwee Lern 6

Why are you doing this?

Rina: I am inspired by my husband's participation in Hair For Hope for the past five years and I'd like to help create awareness and encourage cancer patients to fight on.

Hwee Lern: To create awareness and to support the cancer fighters.

Pua Yee Tyng

Teacher, 38

Number of times taking part:

2

Why are you doing this?

To support children with cancer and to help raise funds for them.

Joshua Faure

7 years old

Number of times taking part:

1

Why are you doing this?

Last year, I had wanted to participate but I wasn't able to. My grandfather died from cancer so I know it's a serious disease. And especially because this is for children, I want to support them.

Norman Tan

Civil servant, 36

Number of times taking part:

5

Why are you doing this?

My dad Henry Tan passed away from colon cancer in 2003 and I saw how he suffered at the time. I have a deep sense of identity with people who are suffering from cancer and I would like to say to the kids: Do not give up, and you are not alone. People supporting this cause are also going to be bald like you. So hang in there.

Lim Siew Gim, Teo Yong Ann and Teo Chunman

Sewing specialist, 55; store supervisor, 51; business manager, 36

Number of times taking part:

5, 5, 2

Why are you doing this?

Teo Chunman: My parents joined in 2013 in their first Hair for Hope. They have been volunteering at Ren Ci Nursing Home since 2010. We see many people suffering or dying from cancer. My mum's sister was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. We saw how she suffered. Our family friend's son aged seven was diagnosed with brain cancer. We saw the pain and suffering a small kid had to go through and we were heartbroken. In 2015, I plucked up the courage to join this good cause as a family, to let the kids know that it's okay to be bald.

Randall Wong Jianwei

Student, 12

Number of times taking part:

1

Why are you doing this?

To encourage cancer patients that they are not alone and everyone will be helping them. I wish all their parents are well and happy and that Buddha will look over them.

Amy Low Wai Meng

Optician, 53

Number of times taking part:

5

Why are you doing this?

I want to raise funds for the children with cancer and their families.

Marcus Andre Heng

Student, 13

Number of times taking part:

3

Why are you doing this?

I want to raise funds for other children and also support them.

Pay Ah Yan

Manager, 57

Number of times taking part:

3

Why are you doing this?

I have a weak spot for children and it is my little effort to help children with cancer.

Ng Wee Mooi

Housewife, 53

Number of times taking part:

1

Why are you doing this?

To support children with cancer.

Toh Kwan Rzen, Tang Wan Chin

Student, 12; educator, 42

Number of times taking part:

7, 3

Why are you doing this?

Kwan Rzen: It was my mother who told me about the event and asked me if I was interested in taking part. At that time, I was six years old. Without hesitation, I agreed to shave my head bald. I was not worried about being laughed at or teased by my friends at that time. I would explain to my classmates that I had shaved my head for a good cause. I wish to inspire more children to support this charity event.

Wan Chin: The very first time I brought my child to this event, we had our hair shaved together. I wanted him to experience going bald, being in public and empathising with the children who have cancer.

Victor Kuik

Associate director, 48

Number of times taking part:

1

Why are you doing this?

My youngest brother died at 17 years old when I was serving my full-time National Service. He had a cancer that affected his urinary tract. It was a painful time for my family and we have tried not to talk about it all these years. About four or five years ago, many people I know had cancer - some survived, some passed on. The last time I was bald was in the army. By shaving my head, I hope to raise awareness that cancer is especially hard for children and their families.

Chang Jia Chen

Office cleaner, 71

Number of times taking part:

1

Why are you doing this?

To show support for cancer patients.

Vincent Teo

Planner, 49

Number of times taking part:

3

Why are you doing this?

I want to show my support and to tell cancer patients that they are not fighting the battle alone. They have many people supporting them financially and emotionally.

Geng Poh Ching

Housewife, 54

Number of times taking part:

2

Why are you doing this?

To be a part of charity work and help children with cancer and their families.

Bala Murugan

Utility manager, 51

Number of times taking part:

4

Why are you doing this?

This is the fourth time I’m doing this. It's fulfilling to be able to support the Children's Cancer Foundation.

Chong Hui Kwee

Caregiver, 49

Number of times taking part:

4

Why are you doing this?

I shaved my head in support of all children with cancer and my little girl Joanna. She has been with CCF for the past four years and it was really great to get the group’s help. I want to return all the goodwill and support the programme. To all the kids out there - be strong and get stronger with love.

Chew Yang

IT engineer (business analyst), 44

Number of times taking part:

3

Why are you doing this?

I wish to encourage those suffering from cancer by showing that there is no shame to being bald, and that they are not fighting the cancer alone. I would also like to raise funds to help with their medical bills.

Lim Sze Kiat

Senior utilities engineer, 35

Number of times taking part:

5

Why are you doing this?

To inspire others to shave their heads and raise funds for the needy and CCF.

Aaart Buiter

Vice-president and general manager, 53

Number of times taking part:

3

Why are you doing this?

I want to show all the children suffering from cancer that it is okay to be bald. I want to show them that we think about them in these difficult times.

Source: These images were taken at a Hair For Hope satellite event on April 30, 2017, at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery.
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