Sisters lose locks for noble cause


Chang with her daughters Shin Ying (left) and Shin Nyee showing their bunches of hair before donating them to the ‘Give Hair, Give Hope’ project at Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang.

AFTER watching a video of a girl donating her shorn locks for wig-making, four-year-old Leow Shin Ying decided to do the same for a good cause.

She even convinced her sister Shin Nyee, seven, to take part in the ‘Give Hair, Give Hope’ donation drive at the Gurney Paragon Mall recently.

Together with their mother Catherine Chang, 38, they donated six bunches of hair in support of the programme meant to make wigs for cancer patients who lose their hair during chemotherapy.

Organised by 12 organisations of the JCI Malaysia Area Peninsular North which began on June 1, the event saw 1,030 bunches of hair collected throughout the campaign.

Chang said the sisters started to keep their hair long since April as the required hair length for donation must be at least six inches (0.15m).

“Several months ago, Shin Ying saw a video of a three-year-old girl giving away her tresses for cancer patients in social media.

“She told me she would like to do the same.

Careen Heah, 22, showing her hair bunch after Maxstyle Academy director Herry Eng snipped it off during the event.
Careen Heah, 22, showing her hair bunch after Maxstyle Academy director Herry Eng snipped it off during the event. 

“Coincidently, JCI has this event and I asked her to be part of it. She also convinced her sister to join in,” said Chang, who is also the JCI Malaysia area strategic partnership director.

Shin Nyee said she had no regrets although she loves keeping her hair long.

“I am happy to have done something good. I hope that with the wigs, cancer patients can regain their self-confidence,” she said, adding that she would do the same thing again in the future.

Organising chairman Mei Tan said they were targeting 500 bunches of hair but the response was beyond expectation.

“The hair will be handed over to the Locks of Hope Association to be turned into wigs on Sept 17,” she said, adding that about seven to eight bunches of hair are needed to make a wig.

JCI Malaysia national deputy president (JCI Senator) Andy Lau said their projects always saw good cooperation between members and the organising committee members.

“We want to give back to the society,” he said.

Tanjong MP Ng Wei Aik said with more charitable events, everyone could be a contributor towards a caring society in Penang.

Besides the hair donation drive, there were also children’s colouring contest as well as blood and organ donation campaign.

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