St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser an Enormous Success
by Akanshu Srivastav on Friday, April 20th, 2012
Last Friday afternoon, on April 13th, Natalie Jones (II) and other Milton students hosted a fundraiser event for the Saint Baldrick’s Foundation. The event, in which some students and faculty members volunteered to have their heads shaven by the Milton barber shop, marked the culmination of the fundraiser, which had been accepting donations for roughly a month.
The Saint Baldrick’s Foundation is “a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.” As such, it began as a head-shaving event on Saint Patrick’s Day in 2000 by a few reinsurance executives for children with cancer.
Soon after, the charity event became the world’s largest volunteer-driven foundation for childhood cancer research. Having generated over $117 million since 2000, it has funded more in childhood cancer research than any other institution besides the US government. The foundation describes its fundraising philosophy as one which is “unique, bold and daring.” Shaving one’s head not only raises awareness for cancer but also capitalizes on the “sense of fun”, which is one of the foundation’s guiding principles. .
Natalie Jones was very moved and committed to seeing this project executed at Milton. She did have experience with this organization as her old school in Hong Kong hosted the same event. But she also attributes a personal connection with a family member suffering from cancer as another motivator for this project. These were quite effective motivators, as most of the work required to implement and generate awareness for the fundraiser was done by Natalie. After suggesting the idea to Ms. Geyling in February, Natalie had to handle administrative duties, such as securing dates and completing logistical information. Even beyond that, she had to receive signatures for several agreements, including a host agreement and barber agreements with the Milton Barber Shop and Station 8 Salon based in Jamaica Plain. But the hard effort paid off, as her initial goal was to raise $1,000, which was quickly surpassed up to $20,000. Natalie believes that the shaved heads are effective for fundraising because, “shaved heads raise awareness by modeling what cancer patients go through during chemotherapy. All their hair falls off.” Approximately a dozen people had their heads shaved last Friday, including Mr. Bland and Ms. Collins.
Natalie was very happy with the impending outcome, but also stressed the importance of raising more money for the organization. Luckily, many in Millet House, such as Gracie and Emily Jacob, helped alleviate some of the burden from Natalie. Natalie hopes to continue this project next year and enjoy more participation from the Milton community. Her story will be featured on both the Milton Homepage and the Milton Times. Please donate to this noble cause by visiting www.stbaldricks.org and clicking the “Donate Now!” button on the top right-hand.
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