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Going Bald for a Cause

Running on the theme, acceptance of body imperfections, “ImPerfection” was an initiative of the i-Innovative Gavel Club where every head shaven cost RM100 with the long locks of more than 6 inches long donated to Locks of Hope as wigs for patients who have lost their hair. It was aimed to raise the community acceptance towards children with disabilities and promote body positivity.

16-year-old Ng Yong Ru was joined by her parents to have their heads shaved on Sunday, November 20 for the fundraising project held at Ipoh Parade Shopping Mall, the venue sponsor.

“Actually, it doesn’t feel real but it’s nice! The sense of mission in me motivates the bold move. My father went bald before but it is a first for my mother and I,” Yong Ru, also the club president, told Ipoh Echo after her brave act. Holding the placard that says “Imperfectly perfect”, every courageous individual was cheered on by the crowd during their head-shaving session before getting their head hand drawn with colourful paint.

“Plus, the response this evening was more than I expected,” she added. To date, over RM17000 has been raised.

“The project was full of surprises, one being how supportive the public was. Our school fully supported us. There were doctors who wrote in to us highlighting ways to improve our project and educating us more on children with special needs. We got to meet the senior regional manager of Sin Chew Daily and Ipoh Echo gave us a pre-event write up,” she said in her speech earlier. She also credited the club mentors, Pak Peter and Daniel.

“This is my first time going bald. Initially I was nervous but I feel good now. My parents are very supportive of this,” 16-year-old Goh Wai Cheng said. He was the treasurer of the organising team.

“I am very joyful because my family supports me after finding out about this project via Facebook. I have ticked off one item on my bucket list now! My husband is present too as I go bald for the first time,” 43-year-old Voon Ming shared.

All funds would be channelled to Rumah Kebajikan Kanak-kanak Cacat Batu Gajah and Special Needs Children Class SJKC Pasir Pinji 2, Ipoh.

Mei Kuan

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Tan Mei Kuan

Tan Mei Kuan graduated with first-class honours and book prize from University of Malaya majoring in languages and linguistics (English). She is proficient in both written and spoken English and Malay. She is also conversant in Mandarin and has knowledge of Japanese and Korean languages. Mei Kuan has been on the Dean’s List for three years running. Having written for the campus newspaper and residential college magazine, joining Ipoh Echo has helped utilise her writing and language skills. In her spare time she enjoys running (races).

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