Women’s Christian College last week started an initiative to donate hair for cancer patients.

The Rotaract Club of WCC launched ‘Tangled’ — an initiative to encourage people to donate hair for cancer patients — on February 4 in the college premises. Dr. V. Shanta, chairman Adyar Cancer Institute, inaugurated the event. The first donor for the event, Renee Saradha, club president, had her hair tonsured.

This is a ten-day drive from February 4 to 14. People are encouraged and invited to donate at least eight inches of hair. This is aimed at benefitting cancer patients who lose hair during treatment. All outlets of Green Trends, Chennai, will facilitate the haircut. A total of 147 students volunteered to give their hair on the first day of the event.

Ramya Ramachandran, III year Psychology, and one of the organisers of the event, said, “Hair wigs are typically expensive. We aim to give them free of cost at Adayar Cancer Institute to those who cannot afford it. She donated 13 inches of hair for this event.

Dr. Prashanth Ganesan and Dr. V. Surendran of the Adyar Cancer Institute trained and sensitised the students for carrying out the hair donation drive. “We are formally looking at how wigs can help improve the quality of life of cancer patients,” says Dr. Prashant.

The Rotaract club of Madras Council collaborated with WCC in raising funds through Phoenix, a cultural event.

Ramkumar Raju, district Rotaract representative, Chennai, says, “We managed to raise Rs 1.5 lakh and have received support from Rotary representatives from around the world.”

Twenty-seven rotaract representatives from Sri Lanka visited Chennai in support of the event. “We plan to make it an all-India drive from February 14 onwards,” says Mr. Raju.