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The Bermudian

 

On March 17, 2000, reinsurance executives John Bender, Tim Kenny and Enda McDonnell turned their industry's St. Patrick's Day party into a head-shaving event to benefit kids with cancer. Their 20 "shavee" recruits planned to raise "$17,000 on the 17th." Instead, they raised over $104,000!

The movement quickly grew into the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising programme for childhood cancer research, and today the St. Baldrick's Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.

Since 2000, more than 147,000 volunteers--including over 12,000 women--have shaved in solidarity with children with cancer at events in dozens of countries and every U.S. state. Thanks to generous friends and family, these shavees have raised over $90 million for life-saving research, and each is a walking billboard for the cause!

This year in Bermuda, the event was held at BAA on Friday March 18th and raised over $400,000, topping all locations around the world! 40 registered shavees participated and three walk-ons appeared on the night for a total of 43. That was five more shavees than last year. Nineteen brave women shaved this year too--a record for Bermuda.

Hats off to the organizers, volunteers, donors and enthusiastic audience who helped make this event such a huge success in support of PALS and St. Baldrick's.

We are thrilled to share these wonderful ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos by Scott Tucker of all the beautiful people who participated this year.

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