Phi Kappa Tau fraternity raises thousands for cancer research
The porch of Old Centre once again transformed into an old-fashioned barber shop during Centre College’s Carnival, as Phi Kappa Tau fraternity sponsored the annual St. Baldrick’s event on campus to raise money for childhood cancer research. This year the fraternity raised more than $6,500 for the cause, according to Hari Perisic ’17, Phi Kappa Tau’s philanthropy chair.
Sponsors donate money to individual and team “shavees,” who have their heads shaved in solidarity with young cancer patients who frequently lose their hair during treatment. Local hairdressers volunteer their time—and clippers—to the cause. The national philanthropy has grown from a one-off in 2000 into an annual event that has raised more than $178 million worldwide in the last 10 years.
The event takes place in partnership with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives.
by Cindy Long
May 16, 2016