27th November 2019
GoBald 2019 – UNIMAS today marked the last of the GoBald 2019 shave events, an awareness and fundraising campaign for the Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society. This is the university’s second satellite shave since 2013. A total of 17 students and university staff went bald, raising RM5,393.
During the event, those who went bald received a commemorative t-shirt, wristband, thank you card and free photo print to remember the momentous occasion. There was SCCS merchandise for sale and the SCCS Monthly Donation Program sign-up booth where public could donate monthly to SCCS via an auto debit process from a minimum of RM30. There was also an information panel on SCCS support services, and childhood cancer.
The Society launched the GoBald event in 2009, to share the message that act of going bald shows solidarity to children with cancer that they are not alone in this journey, and that hair loss is only a temporary setback on the journey to recovery. In addition, GoBald helps the society to raise funds to subsidize its annual operational cost of approximately RM1.5million.
Since its formation in 1999, SCCS has supported more than 1,350 children and their families through various services provided. Their services range from emotional support, the running of halfway homes in Kuching and Miri for outstation patients receiving treatment at local government hospitals, financial aids, training for medical staff, and various recreational activities throughout the year. With an average of 70 children diagnosed with cancer each year, not to mention the number of relapse cases, much resources and energy is invested to ensure sustainable support for SCCS for the care of children suffering from cancer and their families.
In 2019 to date, funds raised from the GoBald 2019 event have assisted the Society to refurbish the children’s cancer ward in Sarawak General Hospital, upgrade facilities in Sibu Hospital, maintain the operations of the halfway home in Kuching at a cost of more than RM70,000, provided 41 families with financial aid totalling over RM70,000, and provided medical aid of more than RM300,000 this year, to name a few.
The Go Bald main events for the coming year 2020 is planned to be in June, and corporate and educational organizations are encouraged to hold their own satellite shaves such as today’s, to show support and raise funds for the children. Contact SCCS at 082 686 276 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can have your own satellite shave.
Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society would like to thank UNIMAS Global for their support in hosting today’s event, as well as Ray’s Salon, official hairdresser of GoBald 2019.
Together Let’s Be Brave and Help Kids Fight Cancer.