Milestones

2019

  • Hair for Hope 2019 raised an unprecedented $4.7 million in donations with 5,456 shavees parting with their lock at the annual event. It was also the first time that the campaign was fronted by a celebrity ambassador, Andie Chen.
  • CCF introduced Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT), a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. It is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, or cognitive function.

2018

  • In 2018, CCF pledged $2.5 million over five years to support the new initiative of CAR-T Cell Immunotherapy Programme to fund critical trials for the treatment of relapsed or high-risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. The programme aims to improve the survival rates for the affected children.
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2017

  • Children’s Cancer Foundation commemorated its 25 years of serving children and families affected by childhood cancer.
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2016

  • CCF introduced Expressive Arts Therapy to help children with cancer process their fears and difficult emotions. This therapy uses a range of art modalities as tools for psychotherapy to facilitate change, healing and growth. These modalities include music, dance, drama, visual arts, poetry and creative writing.
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2015

  • CCF piloted a new programme under its Art Therapy service to connect children and youths from different countries through images.
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2014

  • CCF was the Learning Partner of the 16th International Symposium on Paediatric Neuro-Oncology (ISPNO).
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2013

  • CCF was conferred the President’s Award for Philanthropy (Non-profit) organised by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC), with support from the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY).
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2012

  • 2012 marked a significant milestone as Hair for Hope celebrated its 10th year on 28 and 29 July 2012 at VivoCity. Hair for Hope 2012 hit a record-breaking total of 6,647 shavees and raised more than $3.8 million.
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2011

  • Staged at VivoCity, Hair for Hope 2011 was held consecutively for two days for the first time and achieved a record-breaking 4,238 shavees with $2.3 million raised.

2009

  • The integrated service model paved the way for the development of new programmes and services for our beneficiaries – The Community Social Work Team and the Home (Palliative/ Bereavement) Team were formed.
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2008

  • CCF introduced video-conferencing in the wards allowing our beneficiaries to keep in touch with friends and family during their prolonged stay inside the hospital.
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2007

  • Parents’ Support Group was renamed ‘Parents’ Support Programme’ with new initiatives introduced to support parents in their caregiving.
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2000

  • CCF organised the psychosocial workshop on childhood cancer in the inaugural SIOP Asia Conference in April 2000.

1997

  • CCF@KKH and CCF@NUH Family Support Centres was established as on-site one-stop support centres for children and families impacted by childhood cancer.
  • ‘Make a Wish’ project was piloted by a group of volunteers to fulfill the wish of terminally ill children.

1996

  • Change of name from W.A.L.K. to Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF). Associate Professor Ho Peng Kee, the then-Senior Parliament Secretary (Ministry of Law and Ministry of Home Affairs) was appointed Patron.
  • A financial assistance scheme was set up to help needy families.
  • CCF’s first ‘Tulip Hearts Day’ was held to remember children with cancer.

1995

  • The inaugural issue of ‘Tribute’ newsletter was distributed in December.

1994

  • W.A.L.K. established structured social work intervention comprising counselling, play therapy and parent support groups.

1992

  • W.A.L.K. (Working in Aid of Leukaemic Kids) was registered as a Society in November.