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Last Updated Sunday August 20 2017 03:58 AM IST

Hair for hope: students donate their long tresses to support cancer patients in Kochi

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Hair donation

Elamkunnapuzha: It was a record of sorts for IIV UP School in Malippuram (Ernakulam) when 30 students cut off their long tresses to make wigs for cancer patients. Although there was a rush to donate hair, it was stipulated that the hair to be donated should be at least 30 cm long. Therefore, quite a lot of students had to go off the campaign.

Joining in the event were five students from K.E.M.Engineering College who donated 50 cm of their hair. The hair donation campaign was held during the seminar on cancer awareness organized by the school’s Junior Red Cross Society.

It all began when Fathima Nasreen of class six decided to chip in with her hair after listening to her teacher’s lecture on the disease and the devastating hair loss which is quite depressing for a patient. Fathima’s desire to donate her hair was all the more ignited when she learned that her Thrissur-based cousin Naseer was growing his hair so he could donate it to cancer patients.

Once the program kicked off under the guidance of Red Cross Society convener P.R.Sumana and joint convener C.M.Farshad, there was a rush to be part of a noble cause.

The hair donation drive was inaugurated by vice president of Elamkunnapuzha Panchayat, Razia Jamal. N.U.Hashim, director of Spell Learning Centre, Thrissur, engaged classes on cancer awareness.

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