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Shave 2 Save for cancer research surpasses fundraising goal


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Peter Schiefke, the federal Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, shaves a strip of hair from The Journal’s reporter James Armstrong’s head during the Fifth Annual Shave 2 Save fundraising drive for the Canadian Cancer Society hosted by the Hudson Fire Department on April 28.

The fifth annual Shave 2 Save fundraising drive for cancer research that was held at the Hudson Fire Department last Saturday, April 28, has surpassed its fundraising objective, said event organizer Ali Nadeau.

Just under $25,000 was pledged as of Tuesday evening, almost $5,000 more than the original target of $20,000. The Shave 2 Save is still accepting on-line donations until Saturday. Donations can be made directly through the Canadian Cancer Society’s website at https://tinyurl.com/ybk6mp2d.

A reporter’s experience

The Journal’s reporter James Armstrong was one of the many participants in this year’s event. Armstrong covered last year’s Shave 2 Save for the newspaper and was so inspired with the positive attitude from the many people who participated and their willingness to make a contribution to the cause, he decided to let his hair grow and became a part of this year’s event.

Through his fundraising efforts, Armstrong raised $2,500 as of Saturday. By the afternoon of May 1, his tally stood at $2,650 thanks to additional contributions made by people who donated online.

Armstrong, who has his own personal stories about how cancer has affected some of his family and friends, said he was glad to have shared the experience with all the participants. He was also impressed with Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Peter Schiefke’s hair-cutting technique.

When asked what he thought of the experience, Armstrong replied, “It went so fast, it was hard to tell. I was really happy Peter took a couple of swipes at it. It feels amazing to have done this. I have a huge shout out of thanks to The Journal and everyone who supported me.”

Support from Schiefke

Schiefke took part by using clippers to shave a strip of hair from the heads of everyone who had their hair cut.

“I’m allowed to shave one strip of everyone’s head and donating $50 for everyone’s efforts. It’s kind of a way to pay it forward to those who have gone through cancer and those who are going through it right now,” he said.

Schiefke, who had his head shaved last year, is an ardent supporter of the Shave 2 Save and other fund-raising drives for cancer research. He survived two bouts of testicular cancer in 2008 and 2011 and encourages everyone to do what they can to help support research initiatives for all types of cancers.

“I’m here to support those who are generously coming here to shave their heads to continue supporting the cause and raising funds to support people who are going through cancer right now and for research to try and find better treatments,” said Schiefke.

The four previous Shave 2 Save events collected over $60,000 for cancer research for the Canadian Cancer Society. The total collected for this year’s event will be announced after the online donation drive ends on Saturday. For more information, visit the Shave 2 Save Facebook page.

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