Helping kids with cancer is a family affair

"A family that shaves together, stays together," said ComfortDelGro cabby Kanapathy Shunmugam (far left), 65, seen here with his brother Ponnappon Sathiyaverthan, 46, and nephew Matsyendra, seven. 	Mr Shunmugam's wife, daughter, son-in-law and grands
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"A family that shaves together, stays together," said ComfortDelGro cabby Kanapathy Shunmugam (far left), 65, seen here with his brother Ponnappon Sathiyaverthan, 46, and nephew Matsyendra, seven.     

Mr Shunmugam's wife, daughter, son-in-law and grandson joined them yesterday in getting their heads shaved to support children with cancer.     

They were among over 250 ComfortDelGro cabbies and their families and friends at the Hair for Hope event at Orchid Country Club, organised by CabbyCare Charity Group and ComfortDelGro Taxi. CabbyCare Charity donated $25,000 to the Children's Cancer Foundation, which was matched dollar for dollar by ComfortDelGro Taxi, to make the largest amount the event has collected.     

"Children with cancer are not the only ones going through the ordeal - their loved ones are as well. As such, we want to demonstrate that a family can overcome any obstacles when they stick together," said Mr Shunmugam. The cabby of 26 years is also the chairman of CabbyCare Charity, which helps the needy. ComfortDelGro Taxi chief executive Ang Wei Neng, who shaved Mr Shunmugam's head, lauded the group's efforts as "remarkable".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 08, 2017, with the headline 'Helping kids with cancer is a family affair'. Print Edition | Subscribe