A silent auction is underway to help children with cancer or other illnesses live better lives.
Wigs for Kids is an organization that helps children with illnesses get the resources they need, including a free wig for those who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment or other illnesses. Additionally, the organization helps families with the cost of medications and supplies who do not have the proper medical coverage. They also help cover travel costs for in-province and out-of-province treatment.
The organization started when a group of friends wanted to raise money for a teenage girl so she could buy a wig to wear to her high school graduation.
The group of friends heard about the girl from another friend who was a hairdresser, Maria Karimani.
Karimani met the girl, who was wearing a not-so-ideal wig at the time, and was desperately waiting for her hair to grow back. The stylist sadly informed her that her hair would not be coming back in time for her graduation ceremony.
The friends held a silent auction in hopes of raising $3,000 for her to buy a wig of her choice. Only they lifted much more than the goal; The bid totaled $24,000.
Realizing that their fundraising efforts could help more than just one girl, the group decided to expand their work, marking the start of Wigs for Kids BC in 2006, working out of BC Children’s Hospital.
A variety of items are available in this year’s auction, including some that are unique and cannot be purchased anywhere else, including signed rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia.
On Monday afternoon (June 20), Wigs for Kids raised a total of $33,555 to support children in need.
The silent auction in support of Wigs for Kids runs until Tuesday, June 28. To bid, donate or learn more, visit can.givergy.com/wigsforkidsbc.
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