It is not a run-of -the-mill programme that aims at creating awareness about cancer. Students of Women’s Christian College have gone a step ahead in supporting cancer patients by donating their hair.
The 10-day hair donation drive ‘Tangled’, which kicked off on Tuesday, is jointly organised by the Rotaract Club of Women’s Christian College (RC-WCC) along with Green Trends, a unisex hair and style salon. The drive, which will be hosted in 15 colleges, 15 corporates and at all branches of Green Trends unisex hair and style salon in the State, is aimed at donating 200 hair wigs to the Adyar Cancer Institute.
Addressing the college students at the inauguration of the campaign, Dr Shantha, chairperson of Adyar Cancer Institute, said that 60 per cent of cancer, some of which were once not curable, were now preventable and curable. “There is a lot of misconception and fear about cancer. Cancer was once incurable. After 60 years, I can say that cancer is preventable and curable. Curable if they are detected early. But not 100 per cent of cancer is curable. There are two extremes, highly curable and those that get aggressive,” Dr Shantha said. “For the rest, it’ll take time before it becomes possible to cure them,” the doctor added.
She also said that chemotherapy was a revolution in cancer treatment when it was introduced in 1970s, curing many cases that were considered incurable.
Dr Shantha appreciated the efforts taken by the WCC students in contributing towards one of the side-effects of cancer treatment, which is hair loss.
Rennee Saradha, a final year student and president of the Rotaract Club in the college, said that more than 50 WCC students and some teachers would be donating their hair and that they had planned to donate 200 wigs to the Cancer Institute.
“Only some, apart from creating awareness, like to contribute for the betterment of cancer patients and that’s what we are doing. But it takes about `4,000 to make each wig,” said Rennee, who got her head tonsured to donate her hair for the campaign.
Calling the campaign one of its kind, Ridling Margaret Waller, principal of the college, said it aimed at providing both emotional and financial support for cancer patients.
Kollywood actor Shiva, producer Siva and Trends in Vogue business head Gopalakrishnan appreciated the efforts by the students. Actor Parthiban also extended his support and said he would sponsor the making of 100 wigs to be given to the institute through WCC.