Let’s go bald for a cause

GoBald is an annual awareness and fundraising campaign organised by SCCS.

GoBald Virtual 2021 open for registration

KUCHING: The Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS) said registration for its GoBald Virtual 2021 fundraising campaign will be opened on July 4 at 10am at www.gobald.my.

SCCS has been continuously raising funds for families who are going through hardship associated with cancer, which has increased the level of anxiety and stress for both the children and caregivers during the pandemic.

SCCS president Rodney Wong said this year, SCCS is also focusing on improving medical support, including the upgrading of the Paediatric Ward at Sibu Hospital.

“We have also expanded our support services this year to include transportation subsidy for patients from rural areas seeking follow-ups at several outstation clinics, monthly essential items for bed-ridden patients, and the provision of packed breakfast for patients on their weekly routine check-ups.

“In our halfway home, we will be renovating another patient’s room for immobile patients on the ground floor to accommodate the increasing number of families staying at the halfway home during the pandemic.

“We are also upgrading our play room to create a more conducive space for counselling sessions and recreational activities for the children.”

Wong added that SCCS is still unable to carry out public events at this time, which is why SCCS is giving the public a chance to help by raising funds online.

“The head-shaving will still be carried out for free at salons, as long as there is no MCO (movement control order) and you can book your salon appointment on the website. By choosing to go bald, you are also pledging to become an advocate and a cheerleader for children and families who are affected by cancer.”

A pledge of RM300 is able to provide essential services such as a care pack for new patients adjusting to life at the ward, a lab test from private institutions, three blood filters which are used to prevent infection during blood transfusions, a one return trip for patients from rural areas coming for treatment, or 10 nights of lodging and meal for one child and their caregiver.

The public can also sign up for the SCCS Heart of Gold monthly donation programme at bit.ly/donate2sccs, or contact events@sccs.org.my for more details.

For the latest updates on GoBald, check out www.gobald.my or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GoBald.