Get bald for kids on St. Paddy’s Day

What are your plans for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day? If you are like most North Americans, you’ll be accessorizing yourself out in green, putting on silly hats, visiting your neighborhood pub, eating someone’s idea of Irish food — usually bad — drinking beer that might be green (God only knows who came up with that), and anticipating calling into work the next morning with a hangover.

A cool organization has another idea. How about getting your head shaved?

Yesterday’s Chronicle of Philanthropy notes that a new twist on an old feast day gets volunteers to get their heads shaved to raise money to fight cancer in children. This St. Patrick’s Day, almost 28,000 men and women have signed up get shorn and pony up a donation for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. So far this year, the volunteer-driven foundation has raised some $10 million that it funnels to researchers looking to find cures for the pediatric cancer, the leading disease-caused death of children in the United States. A number of Catholic schools across the country have signed on and are preparing to get clipped.

The Chronicle reports that over the years, St. Baldrick’s has raised over $100 million for childhood cancer research. That’s a lot of hair and a lot of hope.

When you think about it, what better way to show solidarity with a child who may have lost his or her hair through cancer treatments than losing your hair too? You’ll save a bundle on hair care products and won’t have to worry about that green leprechaun’s hat wrecking your hairdo.

2 Responses

  1. A great idea. But your headline isn’t. ‘St Paddy’s Day’ is for those who have rejected the Christian faith, as so many in my native Ireland have done in recent years. The St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, while it had many positive features and was good insofar as it went, had nothing to do with the fact that St Patrick brought the Christian faith to Ireland.

    Isn’t about time too that journalists stopped mentioning pubs every time they mention Ireland or people with Irish connections? Alcohol has caused great problems in Ireland: the break-up of families, deaths on the road, etc, etc. That is tragically true. But Ireland is more than drunks and alcohol and the pseudo-‘Irish pubs’ that blight much of the world today.

    The description of the feast day of one of the Church’s greatest missionaries as ‘St Paddy’s Day’ is unworthy of CNS.

    God bless you

    Fr Sean Coyle
    Bacolod City, Philippines

  2. Wonderful ideas and I would love to help. My nana just passed at 102 years old. She had to emigrate to Canada when she was only 11 Yrs old due to her mother being accused of abuse and neglect. This was in Ireland. I have also lost residency of my girls Kylie who turns 6 today and Keira who will be 5 Dec 29th ( Irish twins) I m so blessed to have parents whom I m one of the 26 grandchildren that my Nana and Papa had . He was from County Antrim. But I too was abused in my marriage and my Kylie who was 2 came between us and said stop. I never spoke for two years which caused depression etc. Keira is just now asking questions because the courts r so backwards that after 102 years children r still the victims!!! Both my girls go to Christ The King Catholic school and I instill their Irish heritage . So any charity or organization for children to just be kids , I m all for!

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