I love supporting meaningful causes, such as Shave For A Cure. It doesn’t matter what it is, if it’s something close to your heart and you feel passionate about it, then I believe it’s worth backing.
Helping others in any way that you can just feels so good! There’s not much else that compares to it. It’s like a blanket of warmth that envelops you when you know you are making a positive difference in the world. No matter how big or small, the intention is always the same when your aim is to do good. It really is the gift that keeps on giving.
Are There Guidelines For Shave For A Cure?
Are there, however, guidelines to follow when it comes to participating in fundraisers such as ‘Shave for a Cure’?
Not just in terms of the expectations that the people donating may have of how short they would like to see you ‘shave’, but is there also an element of empathy in the act itself?
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By shaving one’s head are you connecting with those who have no choice when it comes to losing their hair from cancer treatment?
Is it to normalise the shaved head look in a way, so that the person courageously facing their uncertain and incredibly scary journey ahead feels less isolated and less alone?
Does it show unity – that you are standing in solidarity with those who need all the love and encouragement in the world?
Are You Being Deceitful?
If you promote that you are going to shave your head in an effort to raise money as well as awareness, but then end up only getting a trendy haircut- are your sponsors allowed to feel deceived? Are you obligated in any way to be brave and shave once you have reached your set goal?
Does it take away from the meaningfulness of the fundraiser if your end result doesn’t match your words, will a trendy haircut still count?
Or is it just one of the many things in life which is left up to interpretation and personal choice.
Do you need to be specific about your intentions if you are raising funds so as to not give the wrong impression to people or should the individuals donating simply do so out of the goodness of their hearts?
At the end of the day it is an absolutely wonderful cause, but is it misleading to make people believe that you will be shaving your head to show support for those brave souls facing most people’s worst nightmare…but then not actually go through with it after reaching the fundraising goal?
Is There A Right Answer?
Honestly, I don’t know what the ‘right’ answer is, or even if there is one. What I do know is that those unfortunate enough to be facing this cruel disease, which does not discriminate by age, gender, race or financial status, do not have a choice when it comes to whether they will lose their hair or not.
No matter if you shave, donate, pray or even provide a shoulder to lean on during those times of mammoth heartache, you are doing good.
At the end of it all, the only person that we need to be at peace with is ourselves, one of our main signs of integrity is our word, how well we convey our intentions and whether we are upfront with others and stick to what we say is all entirely in our hands.
If our motivation matches our word, and our aim doesn’t waver, then I believe one will always succeed in their mission to do good.
Do you think a person needs to fulfill their pledge to shave for a cure or is a simple haircut enough? Tell us in the comments below