For the 16th year, the Foundation is looking for volunteers to raise money and shave their heads on Bluey Day. So far, 35 people have signed up, but event organizer Ashley Bentley is hoping for at least 50 people to take part, in order to reach the goal of $100,000.
All donations remain in the community, to be used for people in the community who are suffering from cancer. The proceeds of this year’s Be Brave and Shave event will be used to purchase equipment used to aid in the comfort, diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer in the Fort St. John Hospital. The funds also ensure that the Foundation can meet both the long-term and emergent needs of the hospital as medical staff work on early diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Each participant is asked to raise $500 and have their head shaved. Many people set much higher personal goals, as demonstrated in 2013 when 47 participants raised $101,000, surpassing the Foundation’s goal.
“Our community is very generous,” said Bentley.
Bluey Day was established in 1998, and since then, over a million dollars has been raised through local Be Brave and Shave events. All of that money has stayed in Fort St. John and been used to help cancer patients in our community.
There is no deadline for registration, as each participant is asked to raise $500, people interested in being brave and shaving their heads should sign up as soon as possible. The shaving will take place at the BC Ambulance building behind the old hospital on 96th Street and 101 Avenue on May 31. For more information, please contact the Hospital Foundation at 250-261-7563.