Cabbies go bald for children's charity

CabbyCare Charity Group, a voluntary organisation made up of some 150 ComfortDelGro cabbies, is supporting Hair for Hope, the Children Cancer Foundation's annual fundraising event.
CabbyCare Charity Group, a voluntary organisation made up of some 150 ComfortDelGro cabbies, is supporting Hair for Hope, the Children Cancer Foundation's annual fundraising event.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
CabbyCare Charity Group, a voluntary organisation made up of some 150 ComfortDelGro cabbies, is supporting Hair for Hope, the Children Cancer Foundation's annual fundraising event.
CabbyCare Charity Group, a voluntary organisation made up of some 150 ComfortDelGro cabbies, is supporting Hair for Hope, the Children Cancer Foundation's annual fundraising event.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

SINGAPORE - To raise funds for children with cancer, 61 taxi drivers from ComfortDelGro said goodbye to their hair on Thursday.

This is the second year that the CabbyCare Charity Group, a voluntary organisation made up of some 150 Comfort DelGro cabbies, is supporting the Children's Cancer Foundation's annual Hair for Hope event.

The cabbies are also making a $20,000 donation to CCF out of their own pockets, which will be matched by Comfort DelGro Taxis - bringing the total donation to $40,000.

CabbyCare chairman Ang Kim Thye said: "Although we are cabbies, we are also parents and we want to show our support towards children with cancer and their families."

CabbyCare was formed in February 2008 by eight CityCab cabbies who wanted to spend their time helping the less fortunate. It engages in numerous charity initiatives, including one that provides free meal deliveries to about 65 homes for TOUCH Home Care's Meals-on-Wheels programme.

At the event, many of the cabbies enthusiastically cheered and applauded their colleagues as they sat on stage to be shaved.

Mr Sim Soon Teck, a cabby of 18 years, said that his family was initially curious about his new look. "Now I don't need to comb my hair and can even save on shampoo, it's very convenient!" the 59-year-old added.

Ms Neo Lay Tin, executive director of CCF, said: "We are heartened to receive support from the cabbies who have taken time off the roads to...tell these children that it is okay to be bald and that they are not alone in their battle against cancer."