Fundraising campaign for head and neck cancer kicks off in Saskatoon

Today, men in Saskatoon looking to raise money for head and neck cancer held a kick-off event at a local barber shop.

January dubbed 'Manuary' for cancer fundraising

Michael Shaw has the remaining bits of his beard shaved off at Tommy Gun's Original Barbershop in Saskatoon for a fundraising event. (Albert Couillard/Radio-Canada)

You've heard of a kick-off. 

Today, those in Saskatoon looking to raise money for head and neck cancer held a shave-off.

Men, along with their friends and family, gathered at Tommy Gun's Original Barbershop to shave off any remaining chops, moustaches and beards grown over the holidays, marking the beginning of a month of renewed facial hair growth and fundraising.

"I've never had [it] this long before, but I love my beard and I feel it's something I can give up for this," said Michael Shaw, who was at the barber shop.

The point of the campaign is to grow facial hair and raise money in donations to support head and neck cancer.

"We will be trying to raise as much money as we can, and every person that comes into our lives will try to be on board for the cause," Shaw said.

On Jan. 30, participants will be reunited for a facial hair face-off, where they'll compare stylings, pool the money they raised for donations and announce the total amount raised. 

That event will be held at Village Guitar and Amp in Saskatoon.

Dr. Rick Jaggi, a Saskatoon-based plastic surgeon, was also at Saturday's shave-off. He said that head and neck cancer is "the sixth most common cancer worldwide."

The month-long campaign aims to raise money for head and neck cancer. (Albert Couillard/Radio-Canada)

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.