EY supports Hair for Hope and children with cancer

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Singapore, 12 July 2013 – 28 EY people turned bald in a communal head-shaving event in the EY office in support of Hair for Hope 2013. From interns to Partners, most are shaving their head voluntarily for the first time, to show support to cancer-stricken children who might lose their hair during treatment and to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Female volunteer, Assurance Associate Zhang Ruijie was one of the first few to sign up for the event. Initially apprehensive about the public’s reaction to her bald look and the need to uphold the image of a professional staff, she eventually decided to go ahead with the act to spread an important message. She said: “It’s something that I want to do for children with cancer. It’s about showing them that being bald is nothing to be ashamed of and they must persevere and stay strong to fight against cancer. Also, shaving my hair is worth it as it has raised some money to help the children and their families out. Moreover, my hair will grow and may even look better!” 

EY Partners, staff and their supporters have pledged their support to the shavees through cash donations totaling more than $60,000 in over three weeks. The donation period is expected to close end of August.

Opening the event as the first shavee, Grahame Wright, Partner and Chairperson for EY’s Corporate Social Responsibility committee, said: “Our hair will grow back within a few weeks or months. This relatively minor inconvenience is nothing compared to the impact of chemotherapy treatment on the lives of children with cancer. I’m proud that our EY people see that sacrificing their hair and raising funds is the right, selfless thing to do to support the children. This is yet another of our people’s relentless efforts to reach out to different segments in our communities to make the biggest impact possible.”

About Hair for Hope

Organized by a non-profit organization Children’s Cancer Foundation, Hair for Hope is the only head-shaving event in Singapore that serves to raise funds and awareness of childhood cancer. Every shaven head represents an understanding by an individual of the ordeals that a child with cancer is subjected to. Hair for Hope also provides an opportunity to garner support from the public in the form of monetary pledging. By volunteering to shave, the shavees become Children’s Cancer Foundation’s ambassadors in spreading childhood cancer messages to their family, friends and colleagues. Through this symbolic gesture, Hair for Hope aims to create awareness of childhood cancer in Singapore, show children with cancer and their families that they are not alone in their fight against cancer, tell children with cancer that it is alright to be bald, raise funds to help children with cancer and their families, and build a community of support for children with cancer and their families. The funds raised will continue to the overall annual $5 million needed to continue providing critical programs and services to assist children with cancer and their families to cope with the needs at different stages of the illness.

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