For the past 3 years, the New Hope community has played a part in conquering childhood cancer through the organization St. Baldrick's. This year will be the town’s fourth annual event, with the highest fundraising goal yet, and the community is excited to participate yet again.
St. Baldrick's is a non-profit organization that raises money to fund research for childhood cancer; the disease that kills the most children each year. The organization has been making a difference in thousands of lives since 1999 and has grown from raising $100,000 in its first year to $39,000,000 in 2017.
Many community organizations get involved, whether they donate raffle items, have their own booth, or have representatives volunteer alongside fellow community members. National Honors’ Society provides a large amount of volunteers to help with running games, face-painting, crafts, and many other activities.
A large part of this event is people raising money and awareness by shaving their heads for the cause, or “braving the shave”. These “shavees” may be individual or they may form a team of other shavees for fundraising purposes. This year, however, “shavees” do not have to go bald to participate. Anyone can donate more than 8 inches of their hair to be a participant.
Last year, the fundraising goal was $100,000 and New Hope knocked the ball out of the park by reaching higher than 150% of that goal. This event was able to donate $157,000 to cancer research.
This year, the goal was raised to $125,000 and there are high expectations for this event to exceed the amount raised in prior years.