By: Michelle Reilly, STAFF WRITER
Would you ever shave your head completely bald for a good cause? Well, eight students and staff members at Benedictine University did for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation on Saturday, April 9. The event was held in the Dan and Ada Rice Center from 4-7 p.m. by the Helping Hands Healing Hearts club (HHHH) with the purpose of raising awareness for children’s cancer.
In order to participate, you had to register when you walked in at the sign in table and then wait your turn. Those who were participating by getting their heads shaved were front and center in the gym with a captive audience gazing in awe.
One volunteer, sophomore Bernadette Pauls, had raised over $500 before the big day. Pauls also donated the hair that was shaved from her head.
“I’ve been wanting to participate in a St. Baldrick’s event since my senior year of high school. It’s such an amazing organization. Childhood is supposed to be playing outside and having no cares in the world; not full of doctors’ appointments, treatments, and hospital visits. That’s why I wanted to be a shave,” said Pauls.
She was most certainly recognized for her courage and selflessness by everyone attending. After her head was shaven, she had a line of people waiting for her to take pictures with and to talk to.
“I feel absolute amazing! I’ve already had people come up to me and they tell me how much it means to them that I shaved my head for childhood cancer. It’s more than I expected, but it still feels good,” commented Pauls.
Aside from the main event going on, there were also other attractions for those not participating in the actual head shaving. There were games, food, live music and also a silent auction. The prizes for the silent auction were small gifts that were donated and then people bid on them much higher than they were actually worth. Then, that money was donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
This day would not have been possible without one group’s hard work. “Helping Hands Healing Hearts is a club we started this year, with me being the advisor for the students. We worked really hard and reached out to several people throughout the year to make this happen, so I’m really proud of that,” commented Joan Henehan.
The St. Baldrick’s outing was the “Helping Hands, Healing Hearts” club’s big Spring event and it certainly did not disappoint. “We raised over $2,000 today. I would actually say we’re over the $2,500 mark and pretty close to $3,000,” said Henehan.
For more information about HHHH, contact Daniel Turano at 630/829-6620 or attend the general body meetings. HHHH meets biweekly on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month in Kindlon 166. For more information on the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you can visit their website, http://www.stbaldricks.org or contact them at 626-792-8247.