Kappa Sigmas Shave for A Cause
Brothers of Armstrong's Kappa Sigma fraternity are prickly these days, after 14 members of the group shaved their heads at the chapter's 3rd Annual Shave to Save event. The project aims to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and to heighten awareness about breast cancer. The Omicron Iota chapter drummed up $260 this year and had a total of 20 people volunteer to lose it all – their hair, that is.
“I like the fact that we're helping somebody out,” said chapter president Michael Evans, a senior physical therapy student and fraternity brother since 2008. “We might not know who that person is, might not ever meet that person, but just the fact that the money we raised can go to help them is what makes me enjoy doing something like this.”
The philanthropic project began in 2009 and was spearheaded with then chapter president Drew Wilson. Crowds gathered around the pink-clad brothers as they buzzed off their locks, and even President Linda Bleicken helped shave a volunteer. The event also received media coverage, with video footage of the event appearing on WTOC-TV and Savannah Morning News.
“At other events you may get some publicity and raise some money, but after that day, it becomes somewhat forgotten,” said Wesley Wells, the chapter's philanthropy chair and a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Leesburg, Ga. “But when you've got an event where people shave their heads, every time you see someone who participated you are reminded of breast cancer awareness and what they did at the event. So until the hair grows back a couple of months down the road, you are going to be constantly reminded,” he said.
Armstrong students established the Omicron Iota chapter of Kappa Sigma in 2006. The group has 16 members and also participates in raising money for The Fisher House Foundation, an organization that provides free housing to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers.
“We want to reach out to the larger community, instead of solely Armstrong,” Wells said. To achieve the goal, the chapter has plans to host next year's Shave to Save in a more public venue and to advertise the event earlier.