Published: 09th March 2020
When 231 girls from Coimbatore's PSG gave up their flowy hair to make wigs for cancer patients
PSG College of Arts and Science conducted a hair donation event recently and more than 200 students and staff of the institution participated to donate their locks for a cause
Hundreds of women students of the PSG College of Arts and Science College lost their hair en masse. Confused? Don't be. The college's Centre For Women's Studies in association with Naturals Salon and Spa organised 'Locks of Hope', an event facilitating students and staff of the college to donate hair to make wigs for cancer patients. While this has happened in Chennai several times before, this was among the first times it has happened in Coimbatore. A whopping 231 women showed up and gave their locks willingly.
The event was organised to spread cancer awareness and also making the students understand the importance of selflessness and social service. "We had planned for the event for a long time now. In October 2019, we had organised an event in which more than 10,000 students formed the logo of cancer to spread awareness. This was an attempt to enter the Limca Book of World Records. We wanted to do this hair donation event immediately after that, but, due to some reasons we were not able to do it back then," says Dr D Brindha, Principal of the institution.
The event was organised by the college's Centre For Women's Studies in association with Naturals Salon and Spa
Better late than never, the college contacted their alumna — CK Kumaravel, proprietor, Naturals Salon & Spa — who was over the moon to facilitate this exercise for the students. "When my college approached me for the purpose, I was more than happy. We were doing small projects like this before, but we were excited to do the same for more than 100 students. We contacted a quality wig maker, Raj Hair International from Chennai. We will be taking care of the expense wig production as it is for a cause. In my opinion, the girls who were ready to sacrifice their amazing tresses are the most beautiful women out there," Kumaravel tells us.
Well, when the Naturals team was expecting a footfall of about 100, the actual crowd thrilled them. There were about 231 women, including students and staff of the institution who were waiting to donate more than 8 inches of their hair. "The event started at 10 in the morning and continued till 6 in the evening. There were still people waiting to donate. Some students' family members wanted to participate, as well. Hence we are planning to organise a similar mega event in October," said Dr RK Rukmani, coordinator, Centre for Women's Studies.
The most exciting part of this initiative is that Naturals offered to chop their hair in the style of their choice. "This is a great gesture offered by them as haircuts are expensive these days, and they offered to do them absolutely free," says principal Brindha adding, "Once the wigs are done, the students will be taken to see it. They will be taken to Chennai so that they can see the happiness of the recipients of their hair at The Cancer Institute in Adyar. This will completely fulfil them and also encourage them in working more for social causes," explains the principal Brindha.
Sharing her happiness, Chairman of Centre for Women's Studies, Rithika Sree S shares, "Each one of us were asked to donate eight inches of our hair as it is the minimum amount needed to make a wig. We are excited to see the wigs already. It is like winning an award for what we did."