Go Bald to Raise Funds for the BC Children’s Hospital

Did you know that the BC Children’s Hospital provides care to over 200,000 children per year? The hospital delivers child and youth health and rehabilitation services and is the province’s major treatment, teaching and research facility for child health. It provides care and support to children with cancer and their families during and after treatment.

Balding for Dollars, an annual fundraiser organized by SFU’s Club for the Cure, is an event that aims to:

- raise awareness for childhood cancer and blood disorders,
- provide funding for the oncology program at BC Children’s Hospital, and
- support children and their families during and after treatment.

This year’s event, happening on March 23 from 9:30am to 4:00pm in Convocation Mall, has an ambitious fundraising goal of $15,000.  To achieve this, the organizers need your help.

Students are encouraged to participate and to sign up as a shavee. Worried about your looks? Don’t be!  Shavees do not have to go completely bald. In fact, even a few inches would count. If you choose to cut 8 inches or more of your hair, it can be turned into a wig.

Ready to sign up? Here’s how you can register as a shavee:

1. Visit https://secure.bcchf.ca/SuperheroPages/team.cfm?Event=BFD&Team=1046
2. Click on ‘Join Team’
3. Fill in the required information and submit it.
4. Send the link to your personal donation page to friends and family so that they can pledge you.

To donate online:

1. Visit https://secure.bcchf.ca/SuperheroPages/team.cfm?Event=BFD&Team=1046
2. Click on ‘Donate Now’
3. Choose a shavee to sponsor, or make a general team donation
4. Fill out all of the information and submit the form

To download a pledge form:

1. Go to http://www.baldingfordollars.com/
2. Click on ‘Download Pledge Form’ in the top right corner.

For any questions on how to be a shavee, please email the Director of Shavee Relations, Sunny Park, at sunnyp@sfu.ca. You can also visit the Club for the Cure table on the science (south) side of the AQ from March 14th to March 18th.

If you can’t make it to event due to school work or if you don’t have the funds to donate right now, you can still support BC Children’s Hospital by volunteering. More information on its website.

To learn more about SFU’s Club for the Cure, visit its website or follow it on Facebook or Twitter.

By Kelvin Claveria

Photo Credit: SFU Balding for Dollars Facebook page