Hair For Hospice

This entry will stay up here for the duration of the Hair for Hospice Charity Campaign. Please scroll down for new entries.

In those dark hours, the Hospice was like the sun shining through an opening in the clouds after an exceptionally terrifying storm.
September 24th, 2005

The Lesson
“Say thank you to aunty,” I can still hear Mum’s voice instructing me after I was given an ang pau. That was decades ago. I was still a toddler then. That lesson in gratitude was drummed into me again and again by my parents throughout my childhood. It is one of those manners in politeness that will be difficult forget.

The Reason
For the longest time, I thought hard about how I could return the kindness that the Penang Hospice-At-Home-Programme had showered on Mum and me. A kindness received must be reciprocated, no matter what. I am truly grateful that at a time when I had needed help most, the Hospice was there. Their just being there was enough consolation but they made available the resources to help Mum cope with her illness.

The Gratitude
Mum has passed away but that act of unconditional benevolence is one that I will always remember. I am certain that if Mum were still alive today, she would have wanted to do something for the Hospice too. She is not, but I will carry this torch for her, and I have identified how I can achieve that.

The Campaign
I am pledging to shave my head to raise RM5,000.00 for the Penang Hospice-At-Home-Programme. This is removing forty two months worth of uncut hair from my scalp. I have invariably grown attached to them after so many years. It has become part of me, a distinct identity that I have come to be associated with. However, this is all for a cause that I strongly believe in. It is worth the sacrifice.

The Baldies
Two Three Four Five bloggers have pledged to shave their head along with me. They are,, Sharizal Shaarani, Devyne and Jason Mumbles who willingly committed to join me when I shared with them the reasons I am doing this. James had coined a name for this campaign called “Hair For Hospice” which is very apt. We have targeted to achieve that amount by the end of October. We will shave our heads in November at a date to be determined later and will be announced in this blog.

The Cost
It costs RM31 for a palliative care nurse from the Hospice to visit a patient at home. The RM5,000.00 will be able to support 161 home visits. This is only a fraction of the RM290,000.00 that was spent in the year 2004 for a total of 9,325 visits to 485 patients. Patients are not charged for these visits and neither are they obliged to reciprocate in any other way. This is truly service from the heart, and one of the great examples of human compassion at its best.

The Donation Part
Donations can be in any amount. Tax exemption receipts will be issued for donations of RM50.00 and above. Please note that all donations by cheques must be sent directly to the National Cancer Society of Malaysia, Penang Branch or deposited into their bank account. No individual is authorised to collect donation in any other form for this cause. For donations via cheque, please write “Hair for Hospice” at the reverse side. For deposits or bank transfers, please email the transaction code, bank, branch, time, date and amount deposited to the Society with the header “Hair for Hospice” for record purposes to and also a copy to me for updating the list below. Please also provide a mailing address for receipts to be issued and sent to you. For more information, please visit the Hospice’s website at

The Wish
My fervent wish is that my fellow bloggers and blog readers will contribute generously to this cause. I have experienced their generosity and I was truly touched. I hope others in a similar situation as what Mum went through will be able to receive the same when they need it. This is all I can do for now. Together with your support, many who need the Hospice-At-Home-Programme will get the support they need at the closing chapters of their lives. Please help me help them.

Supporting documents from the National Cancer Society of Malaysia, Penang Branch:
The Letter of Authorization
Donating instructions

List of Pledgers and Donors:
This list only contains the pledgers and donors who have
informed me and is in no way comprehensive or accurate.

Marita Paige (RM20)
9394 (RM300)
Jahabar Sadique (RM100)
Adam (RM100)
Tan Kah Leong (RM50)
Au Hun Boon (RM50 – paid)
Tang Wan Fong (RM50 – paid)
Wendy Ooi (RM200 – paid)
Wai Quan (RM20 – paid)
Virgorat (RM100 – paid)
FindingMe (RM100 – paid)
Sashi (RM50 – paid)
Lucia Lai (RM50 – paid)
Sharizal Shaarani (RM100 – paid)
BawangMerah (RM50 – paid)
Andrew Wong (RM50 – paid)
CK (RM50 – paid)
Eugene Phuah (RM20 – paid)
Evelyn Phuah (RM20 – paid)
Anonymous (RM10 – paid)
Tan Soon Leong(RM50 – paid)
Lee Cheng Guan (RM50 – paid)
Tan Ah Phong (RM50 – paid)
Loh Kok Teong (RM50 – paid)
How Sok Imm (RM20 – paid)
Tan Soon Aun (RM20 – paid)
Chan Yoot Mooi (RM10 – paid)
Anonymous (SBB 0140) (RM100 – paid)
ReallyBites (RM150 – paid)
Chan Kee Saik/Exabytes (RM1,000 – paid)
Liew Cheon Fong (RM350 – paid)
Allison Lai (RM50 – paid)
Nagula Selvakannu (RM50 – paid)
Anonymous (HLBB525117) (RM100 – paid)
Munirah Cheong (RM50 – paid)
Saw Cheow Lip (RM1,000 – paid)
Tanka (RM200 – paid)
Khoo Ee Fei (RM100 – paid)
Becky Ong (RM50 – paid)
Fat Cat Lim (RM100 – paid)
Kenny Sia (RM50 – paid)
Law Tien Soon (RM50 – paid)
Kervin Chong (RM50 – paid)
CYW (RM200 – paid)
Susan Chiang (RM100 – paid)

Total pledged: RM5,490
Total paid: RM4,920

Blogs promoting this campaign: ~ Going Botak For Charity!
Angels Fly, Devils Rejoice…? ~ Hair For Hospice
Midnite Lily’s Think.Deck ~ Hair For Hospice ~ Finally!
Sashi-ism ~ Peter Tan’s Hair For Hospice Charity Campaign
SapiensBryan Blog ~ I Am Going Botak (Bald), Very Soon !
Beyond This Box ~ Shaving There For A Good Reason
Antworten Zum Universum ~ Pimp!
Les Perceptions Perpétuellement Permutantes ~ Shaving for Sharity: The Hospice at Home Programme
Foolish Guy In Action ~ Hair For Hospice
As Suanie Sees It ~ Hair Today Gone Tomorrow
Teh O Ais Limau ~ Hair For Hospice
Hey Adriene! ~ Donate Generously To hair For Hospice
Mental Jog ~ A New Peter At End Of November
Never Been Slim ~ Short Change For Charity ~ Carnival Of Compassions
Project Petaling Street Blog ~ Hair For Hospice
A Spicy Life ~ Hair-y Tales…
Thousand Words : Snapshots Of Life ~ By The Bedside
jee mee ~ Happy Birthday Dad And Go Away Pontianak
Angels Fly, Devils Rejoice ~ A Hairy Letter
My Magnificent Life Not ~ How Do You Thank?
Just So You Know… ~ A Penny For Your Hair?
Les Perceptions Perpétuellement Permutantes ~ Plug for PPS: Hair for Hospice Charity Drive
Profound Sentiments of the Demented Soul ~ Hair-less Quest
Profound Sentiments of the Demented Soul ~ Hair-For-Hospice: I’d Like A Shave Now Please ~ Hair For Money!!!
fading_sanity ~ Mother, Kena Pimped Pulak…
Eye On Everything ~ How to Force Yourself to Cut Your Hair: An Expert Guide ~ Hair For Hospice
Push-Button Publishing ~ Hair For Hospice
Life Through Little Eyes ~ Please! Rid Me Of My Sins
Limitations & Latitudes ~ The One About Catching Up…
Lainie :Artword Addict ~ Assignment / Peter’s Hair For Hospice Thing ~ Hair For Hospice
Reality Really Bites ~ Hair For Hospice
Pastel ~ Hair For Hospice, and…
The PPS Review ~ PPS Review Episode 10
Avril Chan ~ The Restoration Of Faith In Humankind
dSaint’s Education ~ Good Deed
A Pathetic Attempt At Blogging ~ Rockwills or Webwill?
Little Girl In A Reverie ~ I Can’t Be All About Myself
Oey! ~ I’m Shaving My Head
Sweet Days R Good 4 The Diabetics As Well ~ No Hair!
Have A Nice, Steamy Of ShutTheF*ckup ~ Bye Bye Weekend
DustyHawk :: Broken Mirror ~ 30 Seconds To Change The World
AegisRyan’s Island ~ Hair For Hospice! Your Little Help Means A Lot To Other
Profound Sentiments Of A Demented Soul ~ Another Reason To Go Bald
Loc Kee Trading ~ Let Go
Somewhere Between Nowhere And Goodbye
The Sanctuary
Jeremy C
Ah Ok Lah
The Trash Can
The Chronicles Of A dreamer’s Life

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

90 thoughts on “Hair For Hospice”

  1. I would like to donate RM100. Please let me know whether I should make a direct bank transfer or send a cheque. Good luck.

  2. marita,
    Thank you.

    Thank you. Whichever mode is convenient for you. I am not sure how much the banks charge for transfers.

  3. Peter, I have a new level of respect for you man… Level Up!!! RM 100 for Hospice… Anyway you can keep the hair ? Maybe if someone donate RM 10,000 and you get to keep it until next year….double that again the next year.. whoa major commodity man

  4. LcF,
    You have to check with your bank.

    Thank you. The hair has to go. A pledge is a promise. 😀

  5. hey peter, remember i told you i have a friend who looks like a younger version of you? long frizzy hair included and male as well… he’s supposed to cut off his long mane soon but he hasn’t metioned going bald, does this pledge require those who are involved to go completely bold or just to cut it, cause he may consider joining you, also, would you by any chance know of any organization who may want the cut off hair? there is one in us, collecting to make wigs for cancer patients, any such groups in malaysia? cause he doesn’t want to put it to waste…

  6. emily,
    Everything must go. We are not cutting or trimming. We are shaving. Regarding the hair for wigs, I will check and get back to you. Good idea.

  7. I am loss for words. I’ll pledge RM200.00. Will send cheque to Hospice. Great work.
    We see a new u.

  8. can we hand in the donations personally?

    since the hospice had a hand in caring for my uncle before, i will most certainly pledge a donation.

  9. adriene,
    Thank you.

    That is very generous. Thanks.

    Yes, you can hand over the donation to their office personally.


  10. I will donate RM200 to Hospice directly. The office is very near my place. You have my respect.

  11. I just donated, though the Southern bank branch in Seremban was a bit hard to find. Kudos to you Peter, and I hope the 42 month old hair does good 😉

    Psst.. you don’t mind making it into wig later on so that I can act like a rockstar. heheheh.

  12. this morning i just went to the national cancer society penang branch in KOMTAR to pay my donations of RM50.00. it seems that for the receipt issued, they had to add in ‘blogathon’ (with ‘hair for hospice’ in bracker, following after it).

  13. I pledge RM100 x 12 months for Peter to remain bald for 1 Year. (Nov 2005 – Oct 2006)
    Each month RM100
    Total RM1200

  14. Peter why don’t you have a auction for your shaved hair that is going to be made a wig for those rockers wannabe or Peter Tan wannabe out there… that will raise an entire new amount for the shaved hair…what do you think ?

  15. 9394,
    Thank you.


    Want to join us? 😛

    My hair on your head? Hehe…

    Thanks. I understand that of the RM5,000 pledged for the Blogathon, only RM1,000 has been received so far. I hope that those who have pledged for the Blogathon will remit their donation soon.

    I am attached to my hair, on or off my head but I am willing to part with it for a good cause like the url you posted. I will check. Thanks.

    What is your bid?

  16. Shudder!!!…. I am trying to imagine your hair although soft and silk and all…. Pantene ? Rejoice ? On my HEAD… shudder again…. eewww!!!! But I will start bid at RM 10… I will work it up .. so that I can give to charity and not win the Peter’s Wig Auction… ewwww… Damn… now I can’t get the image out of my mind… HELP!!!!

  17. kiamkiam 4 ni boh kah tau mou!? You trying to make our contemporaries in school who’ve either lost their hair or have receding hairlines jealous? I can name more than a few!
    will pop by & see u around sin chneah!

    ps. how bout growing a Mohican for charity next?!

  18. emily,
    Do you want to contribute to the Locks of Love project too?


    Thank you.

    King Rat,
    If you do the same, I am game!

  19. Peter,

    for this, you just gotten a very good seats straight to heaven, sitting next to jesus. I am really glad to know you.


  20. Jason,
    Why look so sad?

    To me, what I do while I am still here is important. The rest I leave it up to God. 😀

    It is all for a good cause. 😛

    Noted and rectified.

  21. Dear Peter,

    Yet again you have shown what one person is capable of doing to change someone’s life. Giving back by gathering a charity drive for funds to the Hospice is a noble and courageous cause. Thus I am pledging RM30 to the programme, I know it is but a small amount and I wish there was more to give, I hope even with such a paltry sum someone out there will benefit from it’s use. I’ll send the payment as soon as I can get the detail transfer from my bank to the account, I’ll inform you and the programme once this is done. I hope your target will surpass itself. Good luck and Godspeed. The world needs more people like you.

  22. yeah well… locks of love… i love my locks 🙂
    maybe later lar, when it grows long enough for me to keep hair on my head and still have enough for the minimum lenght…
    sorry lar, shave my head?!?!?! maybe in the next ten millenniums… that also i’m not sure yet!!

  23. actually i don’t mind shaving my head for a very good cause… a cause i strongly believe in, a cause i felt so moved deeply in my heart that it is very deserving… but not this time… well maybe next time… one day. 🙂

    peter, i am now using jason’s banner to put up in my blog for the promo. it’ll be there for the duration of the campaign.

  24. Kervin,
    Thank you. No amount is too small when contributing to a good cause.


    Thank you again.

    Remember to say cheese on November 6.

  25. WOW! Pretty awesome Peter! You have such long, beautiful hair….I sheared mine very very short oncce, after having grown it to nearly my waist and it had taken many years…I cried with shock to see the shorn locks, yet I felt freed, lighter…and YOUR reason has great merit and I truly applaud you! You will look beautiful with or without your long locks and your inner light will always shine! I’ve missed reading you, as I’ve been offline a couple weeks due to moving to a larger apartment. I just got my internet connected yesterday. Take very good care!! Hugs!

  26. shheeeet rm2100 already ah… oklah u guys can pledge/pay faster or not hehehe my facial hair is as long as the hair on top of my head (i havent shaved or cut my hair for 5 weeks already because of the accident) and i really wanna shave it all off and look pretty pretty for hari raya 😀

  27. KODA,
    A larger apartment… must be fun. 😀 Take care mate.

    The Hospice can manage that. Thank you.

    Impatient huh!

  28. Yea I am “joining” you guys; apparently the highest bidder gets to ‘date’ me..hehe but i’ll date you Peter for your honorable ways!! =))

  29. WAHHHHHHHH damn mengada mannnnn.. got date some more i have to pay.. =P I don’t simply ‘date’ ppl you know =P

    sorry ah the post promoting your campaign damn chialat.. let’s hope the pimping post works!!

  30. sue-n,
    That is very kind of you. May you be blessed too. 😀

    Set a date in November for our date. Where do you want to go?

  31. since i am botak anyway – can i contribute to the cause by shaving my goatee which i have kept for the past 3 years?

    its not long but its well maintained 🙂

  32. great idea.. will find a way to donate.. sorry that i cant put an amount down right now.. i’m working out how to get it there from melbourne :S perhaps through net banking.. but great job!

  33. earl-ku,
    Is that a pledge? You are most welcomed to join us.

    Thank you. I am sorry I cannot provide more information on how you can donate from overseas as I am unfamiliar with that.

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