St. Baldrick's Day

March 27, 2012 

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – For the month of March, Illinois Wesleyan students are joining the St. Baldrick's Foundation in a campaign to raise money for childhood cancer research by shaving their heads or donating hair. The event will take place on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center (300 E. Beecher St., Bloomington).

With an initial goal of raising $1,000, participants have exceeded that expectation, collecting over $6,000 for the organization. Currently, 36 students plan on shaving their heads, as well as one faculty member, Linda Farquharson, professor of music and faculty advisor to SAI. A number of women have also signed up to donate hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Walk-ins are welcome the day of the event.

This will be the first-ever St. Baldrick's Day hosted at Illinois Wesleyan University and will be sponsored by the women of Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI), Kappa Kappa Gamma (KKG) and the men of Theta Chi (QC).

The world's largest volunteer-driven charity dedicated to the funding of childhood cancer research, the St. Baldrick's Foundation first began in 2000 when one company's St. Patrick's day party turned into a head-shaving event to benefit kids with cancer. The group set out to raise $17,000 and ended up with $104,000. Since then, the movement has grown exponentially with more than 189,660 volunteers and over $117 million raised.

Illinois Wesleyan students can participate in this event throughout the month in a variety of ways. Fundraising options include starting a team and/or joining one, as well as donating money to an individual. Each group must set a goal of how much money they will raise. For each individual $50 donation, students will receive a free t-shirt. For $10, students can shave their heads or donate at least eight inches of hair. Donated hair will be sent to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, an organization that has teamed up with The American Cancer Society to make wigs for women living with cancer. Women interested in donating their hair should contact Karianne Randick at, who will set up a time for participants to get their hair cut and styled at Paul Mitchell the School (1503 East College Ave., Normal).

For additional information on the event, contact Christina Hoblin at

Contact: Kristin Fields, '12, (309) 556-3181,