Students getting their hair cut on May 26.

“I feel that cutting eight inches of my hair and turning them into wigs to help cancer patients is something very meaningful,” said 15-year-old Celine Lee, a student from the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus Secondary (Toa Payoh).

She was one of more than 50 students and current staff from the school, who pledged to donate eight inches of their hair, which will be made into wigs for breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

The initiative, called Strands of Love, is being carried out in collaboration with The Breast Clinic at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), and the Recycle Your Hair volunteer group.

It was launched on May 26, when 12 students had their locks cut in the school hall by members of a hair salon, run by a parent of an alumnae.

The other students and staff will get their hair cut by visiting salons located around TTSH.

Prior to the event, each hair donor was given a pledge card to collect $90 in donations from family and friends.

“Whatever little we can do, we should do, because every little effort counts. If we all put in a little effort to help out, we can make a big difference,” said Terena Hung, 15, a pupil who initiated the idea for the hair donation drive.

Her classmate Samantha Hong, 15, said that “by having my hair cut and made into a wig, I will be able to help the cancer patients in their battle against cancer, and make their pain more bearable”.

“CHIJ Secondary is proud to support Terena in this self-initiated project, in collaboration with TTSH Breast Clinic,” said school principal Karen Tay.