Hair for Hope

In its 16th year running, Hair for Hope is Children’s Cancer Foundation’s signature fundraising event – the only head-shaving event in Singapore that serves to raise funds and awareness of childhood cancer.

Through the symbolic gesture of shaving bald, we aim to:

  • Create awareness of childhood cancer in Singapore
  • Show children with cancer and their families that they are not alone in their fight against cancer
  • Tell children with cancer that it is OK to be bald
  • Raise funds and help children with cancer and their families
  • Build a community of support for children with cancer and their families

Every shaven head at Hair for Hope represents the understanding by an individual of the ordeals that a child with cancer is subjected to. By volunteering to shave, shavees become CCF ambassadors in helping to raise awareness of childhood cancer among their family and friends. It also provides an opportunity to garner support from the public in the form of donations.

Hair for Hope History

  • The idea for Hair for Hope was mooted by a group of volunteers of CCF.

    Understanding the ordeals that children with cancer are subjected to, 9 volunteers decided to shave their heads as a symbolic gesture to help create awareness for children with cancer, in conjunction with the annual CCF fundraising event, Tulips Hearts Day.

    With the kind support of Lush Hair Creation’s hair stylists, CCF volunteers had their heads shaven, attracting $2,000 in donation towards CCF.

  • In an attempt to reach out to members of the public, Hair for Hope was officially launched on 27 August 2004. 73 members of the public and volunteers, including women and children, took up the challenge and helped raised close to $48,000 for CCF beneficiaries.

  • Hair for Hope was held on 14 August 2005 at Tampines Mall and on 21 August 2005 at Wisma Atria. 310 members of the public and volunteers, including families with children, took up the challenge. $147,547 was raised for CCF. Hair for Hope won the most innovative fundraising initiative award from the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre.

  • Hair for Hope was yet another success, with more than $760,000 raised through the shaving of 896 participants on the 23 and 30 July 2006 at Suntec City, Fountain of Wealth.

  • Hair for Hope took place on 1 July 2007 at Velocity@Novena Square. 467 shavees parted with their locks in support of children with cancer, and raised $433,469 for CCF.

  • On 6 July 2008, Hair for Hope was held for the 6th consecutive year. 721 brave volunteers, including 159 female shavees, shaved to show support for children with cancer. A total of $546,331 was raised.

  • On 5 July 2009, Hair for Hope was held at Velocity@Novena Square. Hairstylists from Redken and Matrix shaved the heads of 1842 individuals. For the first time in the history of Hair for Hope, the total funds raised crossed the $1 million mark.

  • Hair for Hope raised around $1.5 million with 2603 shavees (including 373 females). VivoCity hosted the event for the first time. In addition, 21 satellite events were held at 9 corporate offices, 10 schools and 1 grassroots organisation.

  • Held on 23 and 24 July at VivoCity, Hair for Hope saw 2380 like-minded individuals parting their locks to show children with cancer that it is OK to be bald. In addition, another 1851 had their heads shaved at 28 satellite events held at 15 corporate offices, 12 schools and 1 grassroots organisation. In all, Hair for Hope 2011 saw a new record of 4238 shavees, 547 of whom are female. With remarkable support from all shavees and donors, Hair for Hope also surpassed the target of $1.8 million, with a total of $2,297,349.

  • 2012 marked a significant milestone as Hair for Hope celebrated its 10th year on 28 and 29 July 2012 at VivoCity. With 45 satellite events at schools, corporate offices, religious and grassroots associations island-wide from May to July, Hair for Hope 2012 hit a record-breaking total of 6647 shavees and raised more than $3.8 million.

    A good number of the year’s satellite events were spun off from individuals who were doing solo acts in past years – they have truly brought the message back to their respective community and garnered more support for CCF.

  • Superseding its record once more, Hair for Hope 2013 attracted an unprecedented 7316 shavees, raising more than $4.3 million. Bald statements were made in 51 satellite events held at 16 schools, 34 corporate offices and a grassroots organisation between May to July. What made Hair for Hope 2013 more meaningful was the participation of 23 new satellite partners from different industries and schools, affirming the strong support of this fundraiser by the larger community!

  • Held on 26 and 27 July 2014 at VivoCity, Hair for Hope 2014 saw 6656 shavees coming together for a good cause, raising more than $3.29 million. 2014 also saw an unprecedented record of 53 satellite events held at 33 corporate offices, 7 grassroots organisations and 13 schools between May and July 2014.

  • Hitting a record high of 54 satellite events held at 33 corporate offices, 14 schools and 7 grassroots organisations, Hair for Hope 2015 raised more than $3.34 million for CCF beneficiaries and their families. A total of 6,190 shavees volunteered to shave their heads to tell CCF beneficiaries and their families that they are not alone in the fight against childhood cancer.

  • Hair for Hope 2016 broke new grounds with 17 new satellite partners coming onboard to build a greater community of support for children with cancer and their families. The campaign raised more than $3.8 million and saw a total of 6151 shaven heads at the two-day main event held at VivoCity and 52 satellite events held at 35 corporate offices, 11 schools, 6 grassroots organisations.

  • Hair for Hope marked its 15th anniversary in 2017 and saw a total of 5,507 shavees, raising more than $3.4 million for CCF. The event also attracted a record high of 905 female shavees who braved the shave to tell children with cancer that it is OK to be bald. Beside the two-day event at VivoCity, a total of 48 satellite events were also held at 34 corporate offices, 8 schools and 6 grassroots organisations between April to July.

Hair for Hope Milestones

Year No. of Shavees $ Raised Total No. of Satellite Events
2003 9 $2,000 Nil
2004 73 $47,000 Nil
2005 310 $147,000 Nil
2006 896 $760,227 Nil
2007 467 $433,469 3 satellite events.
  • Edgefield Primary School
  • Montfort Junior School
  • Singapore Tourism Board
2008 1,112
Main Event:721
Satellite Events:391
$546,331 4 satellite events.
  • Edgefield Primary School
  • Merrill Lynch (Harbourtfront Office)
  • Montfort Junior School
  • St Joseph's Institution
2009 1,842
Main Event:944
Satellite Events:898
$1,019,723 13 satellite events organised by 7 corporations and 6 schools.
  • Asiatic Engineering Pte Ltd
  • Bank of America - Merrill Lynch
  • DBS
  • Edgefield Primary School
  • Fuji Xerox Singapore (FXS)
  • Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA)
  • Montfort Junior School
  • Neptune Orient Lines (NOL)
  • Republic Polytechnic
  • St Joseph's International School
  • St Patrick's School
  • Wärtsilä Singapore
2010 2,603
Main Event:1,467
Satellite Events:1,136
$1,471,172 21 satellite events organised by 10 corporations, 10 schools and 1 grassroot organisation.
  • Asiaworks Training Institute
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Bayer (South East Asia) Pte Ltd
  • Changi Simei Citizens' Consultative Committee
  • Focus Pilates Pte Ltd
  • Global Indian International School
  • Great Eastern Life Planners Association
  • Management Institute of Singapore
  • Montfort Junior School (together with Montfort Secondary School and Edgefield Primary School)
  • Neptune Orient Lines Ltd
  • Queensway Secondary School
  • Raffles Institution
  • Republic Polytechnic
  • St Joseph's Institution
  • St Joseph's International Junior School
  • St Patrick's School
  • Singapore Polytechnic
  • STATS ChipPac Ltd
  • Temasek Polytechnic
  • Westpac Bank
2011 4,238
Main Event:2,387
Satellite Events:1,851
$2,297,349 28 satellite events organised by 15 corporations, 12 schools and 1 grassroots organisation.
  • Assumption Pathway School
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Changi Simei Citizen's Consultative Committee
  • Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA)
  • DHL Air Express Centre (Singapore)
  • Edgefield Primary School
  • Focus Pilates Pte Ltd
  • Global Indian International School
  • Jean Yip Salon
  • Marketing Institute of Singapore
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme (Singapore) Ltd
  • Montfort Junior School
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • ParexDavco (Singapore) Pte Ltd
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Property Guru
  • PropNex Reality Pte Ltd
  • Queensway Secondary School
  • Raffles Institution
  • Republic Polytechnic
  • Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd
  • St Joseph's Institution
  • St Joseph's Institution International
  • St Patrick's School
  • STATS ChipPAC Ltd
  • The CAGE
  • Temasek Polytechnic
  • Wärtsilä Singapore Pte Ltd
2012 6,647
Main Event:3,742
Satellite Events:2,905
$3,823,891 45 satellite events organised by 29 corporations, 14 schools and 2 grassroots organisation.
  • AIA Pte Ltd
  • Bedok South Secondary School
  • Buddha's Light Association (Singapore)
  • Changi Simei Citizens' Consultative Committee
  • DHL Express (Singapore) Pte Ltd
  • DHL Supply Chain Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA)
  • Edgefield Primary School & Huamin Primary School
  • Far East Flora Holdings Pte Ltd
  • Greendale Secondary School
  • Hard Rock Cafe Singapore
  • Hitachi Construction Machinery Asia and Pacific Pte Ltd
  • Hwa Chong Institution
  • IBM Ireland Product Distribution Limited
  • IBM Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Johnson Controls (S) Pte Ltd
  • Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
  • Life Technologies Holdings Pte Ltd
  • Montfort Junior & Secondary School
  • MSD International GmbH
  • National Environment Agency
  • National Heritage Board
  • National University Health System
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Northbrooks Secondary School
  • Outward Bound Singapore
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Raffles Institution
  • Republic Polytechnic
  • Sanmina - SCI Systems Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Senja-Cashew Community Club
  • Sera Jey (Singapore) Buddhist Centre
  • StarHub Ltd
  • St Joseph's Institution
  • St Joseph's Institution International
  • Tanglin Secondary School
  • Temasek Polytechnic
  • TheCage
  • Tru-Marine Pte Ltd
  • UBS AG Singapore
  • Victoria Junior College
  • Vishay Intertechnology Asia Pte Ltd
  • Vital Shared Services
  • Warehouse Logistics Net Asia Pte Ltd
2013 7,316
Main Event:3,892
Satellite Events:3,424
$4,320,127.13 51 satellite events organised by 34 corporations, 16 schools and 1 grassroots organisation.
  • Bedok South Secondary School
  • Bedok View Secondary School
  • Changi Simei CCC
  • Edgefield Primary School
  • Hwa Chong Institution
  • Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
  • Montfort Schools
  • Nanyang Primary School
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Northbrooks Secondary School
  • Singapore Management University
  • St. Joseph's Institution
  • St. Joseph's Institution International
  • Raffles Institution
  • Republic Polytechnic
  • Temasek Polytechnic
  • Victoria Junior College
  • AIA Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Baxter
  • Becton Dickinson Medical (S) Pte Ltd
  • Davis Langdon KPK
  • DHL
  • DSTA
  • Dyson Operations Pte Ltd
  • Ernst & Young
  • finexis advisory Pte Ltd
  • Health Products Regulation Group (HRPG), Health Sciences Authority
  • Hyflux Ltd
  • IBM-IPDL
  • Keppel Shipyard Limited
  • Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
  • Man Diesel & Turbo Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Microsoft
  • MSD International GmbH (Singapore Branch)
  • National Environment Agency
  • National Heritage Board
  • NTUC NEX
  • People's Association
  • PropertyGuru
  • Rockwell Collins Singapore
  • Sanmina-SCI Systems Singapore Pte Ltd
  • SAP Asia Pte Ltd
  • Sera Jey (Singapore) Buddhist Centre
  • StarHub Ltd
  • ST Electronics
  • ST Kinetics
  • Tru-Marine
  • UBS AG
  • UTC Aerospace System
  • Vital Services
  • Zouk Management Pte Ltd
2014 6,656
Main Event:2,902
Satellite Events:3,649
$3,297,741.46 53 satellite events organised by 33 corporate offices, 13 schools and 7 grassroots organisation.
  • ABB Pte Ltd
  • Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA)
  • Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
  • Balmoral Neighbourhood Committee
  • Barclays
  • Becton Dickinson Medical (S) Pte Ltd
  • Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Singapore) Pte Ltd
  • BHP Billiton
  • Changi Simei Citizens' Consultative Committee
  • ComfortDelgro Corporation Limited
  • Covance (Asia) Pte Ltd
  • Daikin Airconditioning (Singapore) Pte Ltd
  • Defence Science & Technology Agency
  • Deutsche Bank AG
  • DHL Singapore
  • Dyson Operations Pte Ltd
  • Edgefield Primary School
  • Fareastflora.com Pte Ltd
  • finexis advisory Pte Ltd
  • Flextronics Manufacturing (Singapore) Pte Ltd
  • Great Eastern Life @ Changi
  • Health Sciences Authority
  • Hwa Chong Institution
  • Hyflux Ltd
  • Jurong Spring Community Centre
  • Kong Hwa School
  • Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
  • Man Diesel & Turbo Singapore Pte Ltd
  • MOF Agencies
  • Montfort Schools
  • Nanyang Primary School
  • National Environment Agency
  • National Heritage Board
  • Nee Soon South Zone 'E' RC
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Northbrooks Secondary School
  • PepperL + Fuchs (Mfg) Pte Ltd
  • Pioneer Community Sports Club
  • Project Gold 2014 - Senja-Cashew CC YEC
  • Qualcomm Global Trading Pte Ltd
  • Raffles Institution
  • Sanmina - SCI Systems Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Sentosa Development Corporation
  • Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd
  • St Anne's Church
  • StarHub Ltd
  • ST Electronics (Info-comm Systems) Pte Ltd
  • St. Joseph's Institution
  • St. Joseph's Institution International
  • Temasek Polytechnic
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Victoria Junior College
  • Woodgrove Community Centre
2015 6,190
Main Event:3,139
Satellite Events:3,051
$3,347,541.52 54 satellite events organised by 33 corporate offices, 14 schools and 7 grassroots organisations.
  • Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
  • AUO
  • Barclays Capital Service Limited, Singapore Branch
  • Baxter Bioscience Manufacturing SARL Singapore Branch
  • Becton Dickinson Holdings Pte Ltd
  • Botak Society
  • CabbyCare Charity Group
  • Changi Simei Citizens' Consultative Committee
  • Defence Science & Technology Agency
  • Deutsche Bank AG & Friends
  • DHL Singapore
  • Dyson Operations Pte Ltd
  • Edgefield Primary School
  • FarEastFlora.com Pte Ltd
  • GLOBALFOUNDRIES Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Halliburton Far East Pte Ltd
  • Health Sciences Authority
  • Hewlett-Packard Singapore (Private) Limited
  • Hwa Chong Institution
  • Hyflux Ltd
  • I Can Read Learning Centre (Sengkang) Pte Ltd
  • Jabil Circuit (Singapore) Pte Ltd
  • Jurong Spring Community Club
  • Kaki Bukit CC Youth Executive Committee
  • Kembangan-Chai Chee GROS
  • Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
  • Marsh & Mclennan Companies
  • Montfort Schools
  • Nanyang Primary School
  • National Environment Agency
  • National Heritage Board
  • Nee Soon South Zone 'E' RC
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Northbrooks Secondary School
  • Property Guru Pte Ltd
  • Punggol Sapphires Residents' Committee
  • Qualcomm Global Trading Pte Ltd
  • Samwoh Corporation Pte Ltd
  • Sanmina SCI-Systems Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Sentosa Development Corporation
  • Singapore Refining Company Private Limited
  • SINGAPORE TECHNOLOGIES KINETICS LTD
  • StarHub Ltd
  • ST Electronics (Info-Comms Systems) Pte Ltd
  • St. Gabriel's Secondary School
  • St. Joseph's Institution
  • St. Joseph's Institution International
  • Tanglin Secondary School
  • Temasek Polytechnic
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Pte Ltd
  • United Test and Assembly Center Ltd
  • Victoria Junior College
  • Woodgrove Constituency
  • Xinmin Secondary School
2016 6,151
Main Event:3,117
Satellite Events:3,034
$3,808,014.51 52 satellite events organised by 35 corporate offices, 11 schools and 6 grassroots organisations.
  • AFPD Pte Ltd
  • Agency for Integrated Care
  • Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Singapore) Pte Ltd
  • Building and Construction Authority
  • CABBYCARE Charity Group
  • Changi Simei Citizens' Consultative Committee
  • Defence Science and Technology Agency
  • Deutsche Bank AG & Friends
  • DHL Singapore
  • Edgefield Primary School
  • Flextronics Manufacturing Singapore Pte Ltd
  • GLOBALFOUNDRIES Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Halliburton Far East Pte Ltd
  • Hapag-Lloyd Pte Ltd
  • Health Promotion Board
  • Health Sciences Authority
  • Holy Innocents' Primary School
  • Hwa Chong Institution
  • Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
  • Jurong Spring Community Club
  • Kajima Overseas Asia Pte Ltd
  • Kaki Bukit CC Youth Executive Committee
  • KK Women's and Children's Hospital
  • Kong Hwa School
  • Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
  • Ministry of Social and Family Development
  • Montfort Junior and Secondary Schools
  • Morgan Stanley
  • National Environment Agency
  • National Heritage Board
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Orange Business Services
  • ORANGETEE.COM Pte Ltd
  • People's Association (PA) Indian Activity Executive Committees Council (Narpani Pearavai)
  • Pon Asia Holding Pte Ltd
  • Punggol Sapphires Residents' Committee
  • Raffles Institution
  • Rockwell Collins (Singapore)
  • Saint Joseph's Institution International
  • Sanmina-SCI Systems Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Sanmina-SCI Systems Singapore Pte Ltd (Chai Chee)
  • Sentosa Development Corporation
  • ST Electronics (Info-Comm Systems) Pte Ltd.
  • ST. Gabriel's Secondary School
  • StarHub Ltd
  • Study Room
  • Team Barclays
  • Temasek Polytechnic
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Victoria School
  • Westpac Banking Corporation
  • Woodgrove Community Centre
2017 5,507
Main Event:2,944
Satellite Events:2,563
$3,407,274.27 48 satellite events organised by 34 corporate offices, 8 schools and 6 grassroots organisations.
  • Agency for Integrated Care
  • Baxter Healthcare SA and Shire
  • Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Singapore) Pte Ltd
  • BHP
  • Building and Construction Authority
  • Cabbycare Charity Group
  • Changi-Simei Citizens' Consultative Committee
  • Covenant Evangelical Free Church
  • Defence Science and Technology Agency
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Edgefield Primary School
  • Flextronics Manufacturing Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Gambas Community Emergency and Engagement Committee (C2E)
  • GLOBALFOUNDRIES Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Go-Ahead Loyang Pte Ltd
  • Government Technology Agency of Singapore
  • Halliburton Far East Pte Ltd
  • Health Promotion Board
  • Health Sciences Authority
  • Holy Innocents' Primary School
  • Hoy San Stevedoring Pte Ltd
  • Hwa Chong Institution
  • IBM MANUFACTURING SOLUTIONS PTE.LTD.
  • Jabil Circuit (Singapore) Pte Ltd
  • Jurong Spring Community Club
  • Kajima Overseas Asia Pte Ltd
  • Kaki Bukit CC Youth Executive Committee
  • Kong Hwa School
  • Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
  • MEET Pte Ltd
  • Michael Page International Pte Ltd
  • Ministry of Social and Family Development
  • Montfort Schools
  • My Gym Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Natural Cool Holdings Ltd
  • Nee Soon South Zone G RC and Zone H RC
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Novartis BioProduction Ops Singapore
  • Orange Business Services Singapore Pte. Ltd.
  • PON Asia Holding Pte. Ltd.
  • Punggol SapphiRes Residents' Committee
  • Rainbow Centre - Margaret Drive School
  • Sanmina-SCI Systems Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Sentosa Development Corporation
  • Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd
  • St. Joseph's Institution International
  • St Electronics (Info-Comm Systems) Pte Ltd
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific