HFD doubled donation handed over to Canadian Cancer Society
PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO
Hudson Fire Department’s second annual Shave2Save event held April 25 brought in twice the targeted amount the organizers had hoped for and are already planning for next year’s event.
The symbolic giant cheque was twice as appropriate for the occasion Monday, May 4 - which was, coincidentally, International Firefighter’s Day - as the Hudson Fire Department handed a $10,369 donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, more than double the targeted $5000 goal.
“It makes me proud of my town, and proud of Vaudreuil-Soulanges,” said Shave2Save organizer Andrew Dumas. “Everybody has done a fabulous job,” said Cancer Society Development Officer Jonathan Lévesque. “This will impact the lives of 1000 people in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area.”
Lévesque said the funds raised will be used equally towards treatment and research of all cancers, including 20 ongoing research projects at McGill and Sherbrooke Universities. The donated locks of hair will be used to make wigs for people who lose their hair after undergoing cancer treatments. Lévesque said though human- hair wigs typically cost between $1000 and $2000, the Canadian Cancer Society office in Châteauguay offers the wigs to patients for $20.
“There’s a guy who contacted me a few months ago saying, ‘I believe we can go higher than last year’,” Lévesque said of Dumas and the Shave2Save initiative. “Thanks to everyone, for a lot of effort and a lot of hair,” said Dumas. “We had a good crowd this year and next year, we’re going to aim even higher.”