Students and staff at Reynolds Secondary crowded into the gymnasium on Thursday morning to watch members of the school community participate in a head shave fundraiser for the Cops for Cancer, Tour de Rock campaign.
The teens who participated pledged to a hair cut in front of peers if they met their fundraising goal.
Loud music echoed throughout the gymnasium and the announcer went around to each participant to shout out their name and how much money they’d raised. The crowd cheered as clumps of hair and entire ponytails fell to the floor.
Grade 9 student Erika Boutilier looked a bit shocked when she was handed a pile of her ponytails that had just been chopped off. Shock quickly turned to giggles as she made her way to the next station to have the rest of her hair shaved off.
“It’ll be easier to wash now,” she said with a laugh. Boutilier raised $70.
Head shave, hair cut, leg wax, hair dye fundraiser for @TourdeRock #copsforcancer in the gym today. Thx to all who participated & donated. Looking forward to seeing the riders tomorrow. Use the link below to support our team #sd61learn #driveforamillion https://t.co/beueoVkUGl pic.twitter.com/UO0FVjVIAJ
— Reynolds Secondary (@sd61reynolds) October 3, 2019
Leg waxing, hair colouring and other fundraising events also went on during the head shaving and a bottle drive, crash wash and silent auction took place in September. All the money raised by the school will be presented to the Cops for Cancer to contribute to the fundraiser for childhood cancer. Since 2005, the school has raised over $820,000. The 2019 donations haven’t been counted yet, but they’re hoping to crack $1-million this year.
The Tour de Rock crew will be stopping by the high school on Friday afternoon before finishing their 1,000 kilometre ride.