’Stache tally $40K to dateby Matthew Uhrig
WINCHESTER – The night ended with shaved faces and heads, and more than
$40,000 raised in support of this year’s Dare to Flash A ’Stache
On Fri., Nov. 29, the Winchester Junior “B” Hawks Alumni squad narrowly
defeated their Ottawa Senators Alumni opponents as hundreds of
community members filled the stands of the Joel Steele Community Centre
and the upstairs hall.
“It was a lot of work… Fun, but a lot of work,” Tom Clapp, co-chair of
the Eastern Ontario Prostate Cancer Awareness Committee, said at the
event’s conclusion. “But it is a matter of raising awareness because
one in seven men will be diagnosed.”
During the initiative’s final evening, it was announced that 16 teams
and more than 100 individual participants helped to generate the
substantial funds. Of the total, 50 per cent is earmarked for the
Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation.
The money tallied for the Winchester medical facility is to be used to
create a cancer coach and navigator program in the region, helping
those diagnosed with or recovering from cancer to better move through
the provincial healthcare system.
Meanwhile, the remaining 50 per cent will go to Dr. Anthony Bella, a
surgeon in the urology department at the Ottawa Hospital, and his
ongoing men’s health research.
“Men’s health at the end of the day is about all of us,” Bella said
during his speech on Nov. 29. “I’m but a small hamster in a wheel… A
human vacuum cleaner of the collateral damage of dealing with prostate
cancer. We’re working on how we can treat prostate cancer better to
deal with that collateral damage and end it.”
Awards were also handed out during the evening. The top fundraising
team was the Mountain and District Lions Club (who generated $5,320 for
the cause), while Jordan Hodge, a computer technician with THC
Technology in Hallville, was named the evening’s top fundraiser,
More than $500 was raised Nov. 29 as Jamie Shadbolt, former Township of
North Dundas mayor Claude Cousineau, and Andy’s Foodland owner Andy
Hamel each went under the clippers to have their decades-old moustaches
shaved off. (Hamel went a step further, after some intense persuasion,
and shaved his head.)
Others who lost their facial hair that evening included Joe Spruit, Rick Roberts, Paul LeBlanc, and Ron Wilson.
The aforementioned Hodge was also met with the stylist’s clippers,
shaving off a beard he had been sporting much of his life and cutting
off his nearly two-feet in length hair. (The ponytail was saved in
order to be donated to an agency making wigs for cancer patients.)
In 2012, during the inaugural campaign, $57,025.50 was raised, pushing the two-year total to nearly $100,000.
Donations from this year’s initiative are being accepted until Tues., Dec. 31.
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