JAKARTADAILY.ID - The Governor of Central Java, Ganjar Pranowo, kept his promise to shave his head bald in the 2022 “Brave to be Bald” movement, Monday, February 28, 2022, on World Child Cancer Day. Head-shaving is an act of support for children who are currently fighting cancer.
Ganjar shaved his head in his official residence and participated virtually in the “Brave to be Bald” activities centered at Paragon Mall Semarang. After giving a speech, Ganjar officially started the event.
“We all are following mas Andy,” Ganjar laughs while greeting Andy F. Noya, senior journalist, and social activist.
In the same opportunity, Ganjar greets children with cancer who joined the event virtually. They came from Manado, Surabaya, to Semarang.
“Wow this is so cool, I will soon be bald as well. Keep up your spirits, okay,” Ganjar exclaimed.
Governor Ganjar said the “Brave to be Bald” movement is held in commemoration of World Children's Cancer Day as a form of empathy and solidarity with cancer survivors.
“So, the hair can grow again, no matter how you cut them they will grow again. But I think growing empathy and solidarity is important,” he said.
Ganjar himself is no stranger to the commemoration of World Children's Cancer Day. Since 2019, Ganjar has participated in the event even though he did not go bald and only cut a bit of his hair symbolically.
"I think the young people's way of showing solidarity is cool, it builds empathy by being brave to go bald and then giving donations," he said.
Not only participating in the event, but the former member of the Indonesian House of Representatives also made donations. In addition, a number of people also shaved their heads bald at Paragon Mall Semarang.
In fact, one of the participants is a mother named Ulin. Based on the committee's report, her hair was 'worth' Rp 20,000,000 and was then donated to children with cancer.
"We have collected a good amount today which probably amounts to IDR70-80 million. Hopefully, it is enough because the children really need help,” he said.
Regarding his new hair, Ganjar admitted that he had shaved his head several times, leaving only one to three centimeters in length of hair. Ganjar said he felt lighter and cooler after the shave. When asked, Ganjar only said one word.
“Isis,” he said, which in Javanese means “breezy”.
Andy F Noya on that occasion thanked Ganjar who was willing to take part in the “Brave to be Bald” movement. Andy hopes that Ganjar's action will influence other regional heads so that more donations can be obtained.
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