The Bald and Beautiful II community initiative saw 606 individuals going bald to raise funds for Cancer Research Malaysia (CRM) and the Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS).
Khind Starfish Foundation, a non-profit organisation, organised this event at Setia City Mall.
This year, the foundation set a fundraising target of RM400,000 but surpassed the amount by raising RM800,000.
“We are privileged and humbled to raise the much needed funds to help both organisations continue with their wonderful work.
“Bald & Beautiful II marks the second time the foundation and the Khind Group of companies has helped to raise funds for cancer research and awareness programmes,” said Khind Starfish Foundation chairman Cheng Ping Keat.
He added that RM500,000 and RM300,000 would be channelled to CRM and SCSS respectively.
Cheng said the main objectives of this activity were to raise funds for cancer research and to raise awareness about it among the public, citing that in 2015, one in four Malaysians by age 70 would be affected by cancer.
To emphasise on the prevalence of cancer, he brought up examples of his family members who had battled various forms of cancer over the years.
“There is so little that we know of cancer right now.
“However, through sufficient research, we can learn how to prevent it,” Cheng said.
CRM chief executive Prof Dr Teo Soo-Hwang said CRM was currently investing in genetics research as it played a big role in determining how the disease could be combated adding that public support and funding made the research possible.
SCSS president Rodney Wong explained how the society was formed in the late 1990s.
“In 1999, parents of children diagnosed with cancer decided to come together as a group to share their experiences and provide emotional support to each other.
“Currently, SCSS supports close to 800 families,” said Wong, adding that the central committee members are mostly parents while volunteers make up the rest of them,” he said.
Bald & Beautiful II was supported by Setia City Mall, Ricoh Malaysia Sdn Bhd, A-Saloon and Team Loos while its co-organisers were Life Runway, Fiffy Product, Crown Furniture, Banner King, Sinma Jewellery, Kasut You and TSI.
As a mark of his commitment, Cheng joined a group of VIPs who had their heads shaved for the fundraising initiative.
The VIPs were Fiffy general manager Lee Siew Mui, Crown Group managing director Ong Fok Tick, Banner King managing director Jordan Ng and Kasut You executive director Raymond Gan.
This event made it into the Malaysia Book of Records for the “most number of heads shaved in a day”, beating the previous record of 367.