• James Armstrong

Heads up for the 6th Annual Hudson Fire Department Shave2Save fundraiser


Shown here freshly shorn in 2018, Hudson firefighters are heading into another successful 2019 Shave2Save fundraising event for cancer research this weekend.

The Hudson Fire Department’s Shave2Save fundraiser for cancer research is scheduled for Saturday, April 13 and for volunteer organizer Ali Nadeau, almost a year’s worth of planning is about to come to fruition.

“We’re off to a really good start,” she told The Journal. “With all the donations, we currently have 30 baskets for the silent auction and there are a few more to come in.” She noted that thanks to the members of the fire department, their families and friends, there are many volunteers helping out with the event.

Although not a member of the Hudson Fire Department, Nadeau has been a keen supporter of the event since it began in 2014. Each year, organizers set a goal for fundraising.

“This year we are looking at $25,000,” said Nadeau. If reached or exceeded, that amount would push the cumulative total of funds raised for the Canadian Cancer Society to $100,000. All proceeds from the event are donated to the Canadian Cancer Society to support research and raise awareness.

The fun begins at noon on Saturday at the Hudson Fire Department headquarters located at 529 Main Road in Hudson and continues until 4 p.m.

“We have entertainment for kids like last year,” said Nadeau. The head shaving begins at approximately 12:15 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We try to do the youngest ones first,” said Nadeau with a chuckle. She pointed out several people are donating their longer hair to the cause. The donated hair will be used to create wigs for patients who suffer hair loss from cancer treatment.

Musical entertainment will be provided throughout the afternoon by Coveralls, a local band featuring Karen Cromar, Dan Gallant and Glen Bowser.

The fun and the fundraising continue later in the day at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre located at 394 Main Road in Hudson.

“There will be a cash bar and lots of entertainment,” said Nadeau. It’s a gala event that promises to be a feast of musical acts with live performances by Sunfields, Arcaydium, Morgan Weinmeister & Timothy Walsh and Endangered Species. The evening events begin at 6:30 p.m. and continues until midnight.

“This is a community event and everyone is welcome,” said Nadeau. It’s an annual happening that draws support from across Vaudreuil-Soulanges region. During the afternoon, attendees will have the opportunity to meet the Hudson firefighters and tour the various trucks and equipment used by the department. Participating in and supporting the event financially can be done anytime online at tinyurl.com/y3vwejpl.

As of Wednesday, April 10, over $7,000 had been raised.