Nexus International School (Singapore) recently held a satellite Hair for Hope event on their campus to raise awareness of childhood cancer, a cause that’s close to the school community’s heart…
Everyone cheered when the 22 shavees from Nexus International School (Singapore) made their way to the barbers’ seats at the atrium. The shavees – who are learners and staff volunteers – decided to go bald at the school’s Hair for Hope event, a satellite shaving event that Nexus organised to raise awareness and funds for the Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF).
The school community applauded ferociously for their peers and continued to show their support by contributing to the on-site donation for CCF. The atmosphere at the event was electrifying, but it had a serious note to it as well. It wasn’t just because Nexus’ community understood the importance of the cause but also due to the personal significance it has for the school…
A cause that’s close to the hearts of everyone at Nexus
The school has been participating in the Hair for Hope movement since 2018, and it took on special meaning in the following year as one of its learners – Joseph Loy – was diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, Joseph passed away in 2021, but his Nexus family continues to honour his memory and show support to other children with cancer. The school even managed to raise $33,000 through a virtual hair-shaving and fundraising event that was held during the pandemic lockdown period.
How a ‘bald’ statement can create a large impact
Hair loss is one of the most common side effects for people who are undergoing cancer treatment. This is more than just a physical side effect; it also affects a person’s social and emotional wellbeing. Especially for young children, experiencing hair loss may affect their confidence and self-esteem. Coupled with the limitations they face due to their illness, children living with cancer often feel shame and have a negative body image.
As a learning institution for children, a child’s wellbeing is something that the Nexus community prioritises. Having witnessed Joseph’s battle with cancer, the school is determined to continue championing this cause together as a community. Through its recent Hair for Hope event, Nexus wants to support children who have been diagnosed with cancer, ensure that they have the best facilities available, and have the chance to recover.
By volunteering themselves as shavees, Nexus’ learners and staff made a simple, yet bold statement to their peers in school and social circles that it’s alright to be bald. The school is also committed to raising more awareness about the ongoing struggles children with cancer worldwide are facing.
Everyone can make a difference
By getting its learners involved in Hair for Hope, Nexus demonstrates its vision to encourage all learners to make a difference in the global community. Nexus learners not only learn about the illness, but also that it’s possible to make a positive impact – no matter how old you are.
This post is in partnership with Nexus International School (Singapore).