Join WCC’s Rotaract Club and Green Trends as they help cancer patients with free wigs
Cancer signifies many things—shock, anguish, life-altering change. However, what many don’t consider is that it also affects a person’s appearance and self worth—as the treatment takes its toll on their weight and hair. This is where the girls of Women’s Christian College’s Rotaract Club are trying to make a difference.
“Many young girls and women can’t afford to buy wigs, as they cost anything between Rs 10,000 and Rs 25,000. This leads to a loss of self confidence,” says Rennee S S, a final year BA English student and the president of the WCC Rotaract Club. “While doing research, we found that though NGOs like Locks of Love in the US provide hair pieces to children, no one in India does anything similar. So we decided to spread awareness about this.”
Called ‘Tangled’, the initiative is a two-pronged one. They’ve tied up with Green Trends Salons to start a hair donation drive, and a team of rotaractors—trained by psycho-oncologists from Adyar Cancer Institute—will visit schools and colleges to spread awareness. The hair donation drive will kick off on February 4, World Cancer Day, across all Green Trends salons and will continue for 10 days.
“We’ve trained our stylists to cut eight to 10 inch locks—the minimum length required to make a wig—from areas that will not affect the existing hair style of the donor,” saysGopalakrishnan, business head of Trends In Vogue, the group behind Green Trends. The hair will then be handed over to the rotaractors, who have zeroed in on wig-makers in Kodambakam to create the final products.
“We’ll hand over the wigs by the end of March,” says Rennee, who plans to inspire others by shaving off all her hair for the cause.
At all Green Trends salons, from February 4 to 14. Details: 18004202020
—Surya Praphulla Kumar