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Hair's another way to help cancer patients

Published on Jun 18, 2014 9:19 AM
Ten-year-old Letitia sealing her ponytail in a bag for donation to the Recycle Your Hair project, which collects hair from donors to be made into wigs for needy National Cancer Centre patients. -- PHOTO: COURTESY OF LETITIA CHEN

Tresses of hair fell in mounds on the floor, only to be swept away and dumped into two huge rubbish bins.

That was what Mr Jason Ong saw at the Hair for Hope annual charity event in 2010, where people shaved their heads to show support and raise funds for cancer patients.

"It is a good cause but I thought what a massive waste of hair it is," said Mr Ong, 40, a publications executive, who was there to support friends.

That got him to start a project called Recycle Your Hair in 2011, for people to donate their hair instead to be made into wigs for local cancer patients who cannot afford them.

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