Maidenhead fundraisers shave their heads for domestic violence charity
A Maidenhead FUNDRAISING duo will brave the Shave in hopes of raising vital funds for a domestic violence charity.
GP intern Crystal Yang and her cousin, Sophia Zhang, shave their hair for Slough-based domestic violence organization The Dash Charity.
With a fundraising goal of Â£ 6,000, the duo have already raised over Â£ 3,600 on their Just Giving page.
Miss Yang said, âDomestic violence has always been quite a personal issue to me, it is something that is very close to my heart and because of the covid it has been so much harder for charities to reach these victims.
“It has been a difficult time for the victims to be stuck in their homes, so they need our help more than ever.”
Miss Yang added that she is very interested in the health and protection of women, which is why fundraising is important to her.
The couple will face their fears on January 1 during the live stream online with family and friends.
âWe really wanted to get away from mainstream fundraising and decided to do something a little more extreme,â she said.
“For me doing this will be a pretty therapeutic thing and I see it as rediscovering my own identity and making a fresh start in the new year.”
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Each week two women are murdered by their partners in England and Wales.
One in four women will experience domestic violence at some point in their life.
Dash Charity saw a 35% increase in referrals with a total of 1,072 made in 2020/21.
Alison Bourne, CEO of the charity, said fundraising was a “constant battle” for them.
âI never cease to be amazed by the kindness and commitment of great people like Crystal and Sophia who support the association,â she said.
“Domestic violence is still not recognized and discussed enough in our society, I think people think it is happening elsewhere but whether we know it or not we will all know someone who is or has made it. experience. ”
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Ms Bourne added that the money raised by the couple will go directly to help families supported by the charity.
She said it could be used to buy school uniforms or books for children, a weighted blanket to help with therapeutic support for young people who have been victims of domestic violence.
“I cannot thank Crystal and Sophia enough for helping to raise funds and also for raising awareness about domestic violence so that we can continue to work towards our vision: Domestic Violence Ends Here.”
To donate, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/good-girls-gone-bald