Clockwise from extreme left: SJI International students Carol Yiu, Ngo Qi Wei, Verena Schonenberger, Natasha Vincent and Moe Ono joined their male schoolmates in shaving their heads for children suffering from cancer.

Seven girls and more than 100 boys and male teachers of St Joseph’s Institution International shaved their heads in a show of solidarity with children suffering from cancer.

The June 11 event was organised as part of Hair for Hope, a fundraiser of the Children’s Cancer Foundation.

In addition, 60 girls, along with one mother and one female teacher, had eight inches (20 cm) of their hair cut off as part of the Beautiful Lengths charity movement.

The locks of hair will be sent to the American Cancer Society to make pro-bono wigs for cancer patients.

The annual events raised over $100,000 and saw participation from about 20 percent of the school community, who came together to embody the Lasallian spirit of standing in solidarity with those who are suffering.

Among the participants were a Grade 7 student, his father, and grandfather, who had their heads shaved together.

Eight members of staff and a board member also had their heads shaved. They include the high school principal Bradley Roberts and Lasalle Br Arian Lopez, head of religious studies and faith formation.

Close to 300 students, teachers, parents and relatives packed the SJI International event hall that day.
Several participants shared why they took part in the event.

One student did it in memory of a friend who died from cancer while a staff member did it in honour of his late father who was a cancer sufferer.

Natasha Vincent, a Grade 11 girl who had her head shaved said she wanted to show her “support for those who are going through the struggle of facing cancer, and those around them.”

The school has held this student-initiated event since 2009 as part of its core education, alongside academics, outdoor education and co-curricular learning.