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Antonia Bhagwan shaves her hair to raise awareness on cancer

It is very rare to find people especially children to take the initiative of shaving their hair to create awareness on cancer, this was not the issue for 10-year-old Antonia Bhagwan the daughter Methodist Church of Fiji’s Reverend James Bhagwan. Bhagwan had her hair shaved this morning at Damodar City and was joined by businessman […]

Luke Nacei

July 6, 2016 12:40 pm

It is very rare to find people especially children to take the initiative of shaving their hair to create awareness on cancer, this was not the issue for 10-year-old Antonia Bhagwan the daughter Methodist Church of Fiji’s Reverend James Bhagwan.

Methodist church minister Reverend James Bhagwan with daughter Antonia Bhagwan. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)
Methodist church minister Reverend James Bhagwan with his daughter Antonia Bhagwan. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)

Bhagwan had her hair shaved this morning at Damodar City and was joined by businessman Mr Div Damodar in launching of the ‘Save or Shave Campaign’ for children with cancer.

She is shaving her long beautiful long hair in memory of her recently deceased grandma while Div will lead the campaign with WOWS Kids Fiji to raise awareness and support on the challenges facing children with cancer.

BHAGWAN: “My aunt Sharon is a survivor and I lost my grandmother recently to cancer and I want to help kids with cancer who cannot afford treatment.”

Antonia Bhagwan get her hair shaved. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)
Antonia Bhagwan gets her hair shaved. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)

With the help of other donors the year six student of Holy Trinity Anglican School was able to raise $3,500.

BHAGWAN: “Last year I raised a bit of money at school my dad challenged me to go further so I decided to do the shave because to show that little kids like me can make the difference. I am just a good girl who have been blessed with a good health and life so far life is something many of us take for granted but there are other girls and boys who are struggling to fight cancer.

Maelin Bhagwan, Reverend James Bhagwan with daughter Antonia Bhagwan. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)
Maelin Bhagwan, Reverend James Bhagwan with their daughter Antonia Bhagwan. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)

Meanwhile, for Mr Div Darmodar stepping up to lead the WOWS Shave or Save campaign this year comes with a commitment to grow his hair till he finally shaves it in November.

He hopes to leverage his networks both business and social to raise awareness and promote the cause of children with cancer in Fiji and the Pacific.

Mr Damodar released a video on Facebook which will also be screened in his cinemas around the country as part of the campaign, challenging the public and others to support him and help the cause.

DAMODAR: “Our future depends on how well the youth of today prepare themselves by the way of education, hard-work, discipline, respect and healthy living. WOWS is about inspiring young people to get involved both in life and in helping others.”

WOWS Kids Fiji is a registered charity in Fiji and has focused on working with children with cancer and providing support since 2014.

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