Kwantlen Bald Eagles raise $4,225 for cancer research during its Terry Fox Great Canadian Hair “Do” event

Mon, Sep 10, 2012
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September 11, 2012

Kwantlen Bald Eagles raise $4,225 for cancer research during its Terry Fox Great Canadian Hair “Do” event

(Metro Vancouver, BC) – The Kwantlen Bald Eagles, a group of Kwantlen Polytechnic University students, raised $4,225 for cancer research during the Terry Fox Great Canadian Hair “Do” event this summer. As part of a civic engagement project for English course 4401: topics in Canadian literature (decoding the Canadian hero), the Kwantlen Bald Eagles spent the better part of the semester organizing the event.

“The students who organized this community fundraiser more than doubled their original goal of raising $2,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation and cancer research, exceeding all expectations,” says Greg Chan, English 4401 instructor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University. “Several of them had their hair cut, and two students - Allycia McPherson and Alexis Johnson - donated three inches of their hair for wigs. Congratulations to the Kwantlen Bald Eagles on their achievement, and thank you to all our supporters.”

By donation, a volunteer-team of local hairdressers and estheticians came to the university’s Surrey campus to shave, shear, colour, thread, henna-tattoo, and/or wax students, staff, and faculty. In partnership with Eva & Company Wigs, the Kwantlen Bald Eagles collected enough hair to create eight wigs for those in the community living with cancer. The fundraising event, which also included a barbeque, bake sale, and a 50/50 draw, was a show of solidarity for those living with cancer.

All proceeds from the event went to the Terry Fox Foundation, the event’s official sponsor.

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Caption: (L-R) Kwantlen students Brianne Kirkby and Allycia McPherson participate in the Terry Fox Great Canadian Hair “Do” event

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