DAY FOURTEEN: Shear Madness: Shaving Heads, Raising Funds, Changing Lives, a Grassrooted Initiative

Bald or Bold

Feminist Feminine

The Campaign

Shear Madness will involve volunteers, both male and female, who will shave their heads to raise money for Sri Lanka’s marginalized and vulnerable women and girls.  The launch of the campaign will take place at the Barefoot Café on 10th December, World Human Rights Day at 5pm. It will include literary readings on violence and abuse as each volunteer’s head is shorn by skilled professionals.

We will then encourage more head shaves around Sri Lanka and globally leading up to April 1st 2012, when Grassrooted showcases their annual V Day Event, which is this time will be part of the One Billion Rising campaign (http://onebillionrising.or).

Why Shear Madness

The Grassrooted Trust ( is raising funds for improving skills and business opportunities for marginalized women and girls in the Anuradhapura District, which includes women and girls living with HIV, women and girls in sex work, and women and girls who have survived violence.

The programme will be set up at the recently inaugurated Dundee International Centre for Learning at Talawa, where Grassrooted has been invited to set up a resource centre and programmes on sexual and reproductive health and rights. What better exercising of rights than the right for marginalized women and girls to enjoy economic independence.

How you can support it!

Option 1: Shave all your hair off!

All you need to do is turn up at the venue and allow us to shave your head. All the hair collected will be given to make wigs for women with cancer.

Option 2:  If you’re not brave enough to shave it all off, that’s cool, sponsor someone who is!

Support these brave girls by logging onto our event page on facebook, where you can interact with the shear madness team and understand why they’re doing what they do.

Option 3: Share the event on your Facebook page, and with your other networks

This is more than just about going bald, it’s about the guts that women and girls vulnerable to violence and exploitation show every day, it’s about letting them know we care.

Pretty Hardcore       Simply Powerful

Payment options include the Shear Madness Cash Collection Point at the Barefoot Café from the 1st of December 2012.

Cheques to be drawn in favour of The Grassrooted Trust that can be either dropped off at the Shear Madness Collection Point,  or mailed to The Grassrooted Trust, 51 C Huludagoda Road, Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka.

For Direct Remittance see details below:

Name of Account Holder: The Grassrooted Trust

Bank: Nations Trust Bank

Account No: 502100007468

Branch Code: 001

Bank Code: 7162

Swift Code: NTBCLKLX

Bank Address: No. 269, Galle Road, Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka

For more information contact Gayatri on 0775723334/ or Paba on 0718015702/

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