When you decide to shave your head, you don’t typically imagine doing so at a pub.
But that’s exactly where thousands of volunteers have gone bald for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity that raises money for children’s cancer. The foundation is known for their head-shaving events, in which volunteers raise money by getting shaved bald to stand in solidarity with kids with cancer.
Fadó Irish Pubs are one of St. Baldrick’s most successful venues, according to a press release. This year, at Fadó locations across the country, nearly 1,000 volunteers braved the shave to raise funds for childhood cancers.
“I am particularly sensitive to children’s charities and to cancer charities, so St Baldrick’s is the perfect combination for me,” says Kieran McGill, CEO and owner of Fadó Pubs Inc. “It is great to see the hard work and enthusiasm from our staff and our customers pay off and have this kind of impact in our local communities.”
Since 2002, Fadó Irish Pubs have played host to these head-shaving events in the majority of their pubs nationwide. Collectively, the pubs have raised more than $7.9 million for childhood cancer research over that period, and nearly 7,500 heads have been shaved, according to a press release.
For the second year in a row, Fadó Irish Pubs is celebrating a significant milestone by raising more than $1 million in a single year across nine different participating locations, according to a press release.
St. Baldrick’s events can take place anytime throughout the year and anyone can host one by visiting stbaldricks.org/start-an-event.