KUCHING: Offshore worker Jesper Aut was the first to shave his head at the Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS) Go Bald fundraiser this year, in support of his 10-year-old daughter, Fiona, who is fighting a brain tumour.
The 30-year-old Iban native from Song, Kapit, did not hesitate to go bald at the launch of SCCS ninth consecutive Go Bald event yesterday, to give confidence and encouragement to Fiona.
“This is actually the first time I shaved my hair.
“I am doing what I can to help raise awareness of SCCS’ efforts.
“By going bald, not only that I help my daughter to feel at ease with her appearance, I am also promoting SCCS works to my friends,” Jesper told StarMetro after the launch at SCCS centre here.
Fiona was first diagnosed with tumour in November last year at Sibu Hospital and went for her chemotherapy at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) in Kuching.
“SCCS has given strong moral support to the family. They approached us at SGH and my daughter will stay at the SCCS centre (transit home) every time she undergoes treatment.
“The staff at the centre have been caring.
“Fun-filled activities for child patients at the centre helped my daughter deal and forget about her illness,” Jesper said.
He lauded SCCS Go Bald campaign and pledged to support the centre in its fundraising activities. Fiona’s mother, who is a nurse, is currently attached at SGH to take care of the daughter.
Jesper said Fiona had been positive throughout her ordeal and could not wait to get back to her school, SK Nanga Temalat, in Song.
First launched in 2009, Go Bald is the first and largest head-shaving charity event in Sarawak.
This signature fundraising event also acts as a platform for the public to demonstrate support for children who are battling cancer.
Last year, over RM775,000 was raised through Go Bald with over 600 heads shaved.
This year, SCCS is aiming to raise RM1mil with about 1,500 head shaves in Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri.
“The objective of Go Bald is to encourage the public to demonstrate their moral support for cancer patients by shaving their head.
“By doing so, we are sending a powerful message that it is ok to lose your hair, and that hair loss is only a temporary setback on the road to recovery,” SCCS president Jocelyn Hee said.
Participants of the campaign will also raise funds for SCCS through pledges from their families, friends and well-wishers.
“SCCS currently has two transit homes, in Kuching and Miri.
“We are planning to build another centre, to be located in Sibu.
“We need about RM3mil annually, mainly to manage our facilities and provide medical equipment, she said.
SCCS has a “make-a-wish” programme for children as well as providing assistance for patients in need of palliative care at home.
Main events for Go Bald 2017 will kick off in Kuching on July 9, Miri (July 23) as well as Sibu and Bintulu in the same month.
Go Bald 9 pledge cards would be made available starting today. For more information, visit sccs.org.my, GoBald Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org