CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ)-Students, staff, faculty, and many others will be shaving their heads to raise money for cancer research.
The university says all of the heads will be shaven beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16 on the campus of Campbellsville University in the Student Activity Center, 106 University Drive during the annual St. Baldrick’s fundraiser.
St. Baldrick’s is a foundation dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research through receiving donations, much of which comes from volunteers shaving heads for pledges.
The foundation has raised more than $258 million since its beginning.
The local event is sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA). Rebekah Mobley, vice president of SGA, said everyone is welcome to participate in the fundraiser by volunteering, making donations or shaving their head.
This year visitors can expect food for sale, a silent auction and head shaving.
You can participate even if you are unable to make it to the event on March 16. On Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m., SGA will have a cornhole tournament.
Teams can sign up and play for $5, with all proceeds going to the foundation.
Anyone can also pledge money for those shaving their heads.
Mobley also will be asking local businesses for donations and items for the silent auction. She hopes that will also raise awareness about the event.
Anyone in the community including graduates, current students, faculty, staff, coaches, etc. are encouraged to donate and also have their heads shaved, Mobley said. Those who don’t want to shave their heads, she said, can pledge money to those who are.
Rick Wilson, a member of team Media Madmen, is a CU graduate who will be having his head shaved for the 11th year. He stressed the importance of how the money donated could come from anywhere.
There will be a team challenge. The team that raises the most money will get to take home until next year a special plaque which lists the winners from each year and sports a bald Chia head.
People are welcome to sign up online and make donations that way, Mobley said, but cash and checks will also be accepted at the event.
Signing up online allows one to personally fundraise through their link. People are also welcome to show up to the event and shave their head.
The link to sign up online can be found at stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/1179/2019