• James Armstrong

Going full bald ahead raises funds for cancer research


Casey Bonnemayers was one of many children that willingly donated their hair for the annual Shave 2 Save event in Hudson.

The 4th Annual Hudson Fire Department Shave2Save event held Saturday, April 22, exceeded its fundraising goal of $20,000 as event organizer Andrew Dumas announced Monday, April 24.

“There are a few donations still coming in and there are some bags of coins to count, but we have made our goal,” said Dumas of the proceeds, all of which go to the Canadian Cancer Society.

The Saturday afternoon event, held at the Hudson Fire Hall, started with $13,500 in the bank, according to Dumas. “Today the numbers go up fast,” he said pointing to the abundance of donated prizes on the raffle tables. He added the event attracts widespread community support from the area including Saint-Lazare, Rigaud and Vaudreuil-Dorion.

Children making a difference

Dumas was highly impressed by the number of children who chose to have their heads shaved. Four young lads aged 12 to 13 were the first to submit to the clippers, Gabriel Dinsmore-Savage, Gabriel Rioux, Oliver Smith-Cullen and Joshua Collett. The shaving process took a little longer to complete for Miguel Rioux, Gabriel’s father, whose long tresses had been purposely grown over the past year as a donation for making wigs for individuals that lose their hair through cancer treatment.

Hair stylists Tracy Gledhill and Katie van Kessell from Salon Châtelaine deftly wielded clippers and scissors with the assistance of Lisa Creaghan who filled in for her sister Terri Creaghan who was unable to participate due to illness. The three stylists were kept busy throughout the afternoon clipping hair to good vibes background music provided by the Cunningham’s Bluegrass Band.

The full effect

Laura McCaffrey, Culture, Tourism and Communications Coordinator for the Town of Hudson decided to take the full bald plunge.

“Go big or go home,” she said with a laugh as her hair was divided into sections in preparation for cutting. Due to its length, it too would be used for making wigs.

A touching moment occurred later in the afternoon when Cindy Haffke from Village Hairstyle shaved Robin Smith’s head. Both women are cancer survivors.

As the afternoon event drew to a close, the Hudson firefighters received their traditional “Mohawk” hairstyle before having their heads completely shaved. Dumas thanked all the participants as he invited everyone to the evening gala at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre featuring the Crossley Sisters, The Guibros, Oliver Forest, and The Damn Truth Unplugged.

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