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?

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.

Wrong Impression?

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

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  • If you say you are going to shave then thats what you need to do.


  • I believe that if you have said ‘I will shave off all my hair to donate to this cause’ then that is what you should do in all conscience.
    However I am dead against the ‘go fund me’ page where the instigators of ‘go fund me’ make a huge amount amount of money from what is donated and that is taken before the recipient receives any money.
    Check it out.
    Preferably if you want to help someone find out how you can send your donated dollars direct to them – not by ‘go fund me’


  • A haircut is enough, it’s about raising money. The easier it is for people to participate the more money they will raise


  • Everyone knows the point is to raise money so why not be transparent from the start? People will understand and appreciate the effort you are going through to fundraise in some way.


  • If you say you will ‘shave’ and receive pledges for that, then you must follow through …. maybe more options are needed, it may encourage more people to get involved.


  • I think when it’s called shave for a cure then that’s what people expect. If you don’t intent to do a complete shave then tell people that from the start.


  • Lots more people would participate if there were several options.


  • If you tell people you are going to shave your hair off and get money pledged then that is what you must do or those people shouldn’t feel obligated to hand over the money they pledge. If you have no intention of shaving your hair but cutting it short, explain that to them before you get them to agree to sponsor you.


  • My understanding is that you have to commit to it if that is what you pledge, it is a brave thing to do.


  • IT is very tricky question ,hard to reply


  • I would imagine it would be very daunting and scary to commit to shaving your whole head but if that was what they pledged to do, they should commit to it. They should have thought it over quite a lot to ensure that was what they wanted to do. If in the end they changed their minds, at least they are still contributing to the cause.


  • I think doing something drastic and dramatic is what they are expecting so you draw attention to your efforts is my understanding


  • I do think you need to fulfil your pledge. People donate on that basis. You can have a pledge that best suits you, just stick to it.


  • Shaving or cutting your hair for a cure in an attempt to connect with those who have no choice when it comes to losing their hair from cancer treatment can be a noble act, but personally I don’t think it’s nothing to compare. However when it raises money for the good cause it can be a great act.


  • I think its just cutting not total shaving


  • So it’s not actually shaving your head? Who cares, as long as it’s for a good cause!


  • I think if you do shave for a cure, you need to shave your head. Getting a trendy haircut really isn’t the same thing, as a lot of people get those. Most people wouldn’t consider shaving their heads. I personally wouldn’t donate to them someone who didn’t follow through, but would donate to the cause directly


  • That’s a tough one, but I think the name ‘shave for a cure’ you’d think they were shaving


  • This is really hard to decide.


  • This is quite tricky


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