After a month (or, in some cases, a year) of growing beards, mustaches and ponytails, students from Central Huron Secondary School cut it all off for charity during a special assembly last Friday.
As part of the third annual Movember celebration, and fourth annual shave-off event, students put their hair, both on their heads and faces, on the line to be shaved, trimmed or have whipped cream thrown at last week.
Organizer and teacher Shane Taylor said the event was well attended and 20 students put their locks on the line for the event. He said that, beyond that, more than 100 students were involved in the assembly including people having pies thrown at them, being shaved and some girls getting some fairly long ponytails being cut off.
The involvement didn’t stop there, however, as Taylor explained the majority of the students participated in bidding to shave people or win prizes in one way or another.
“I would say, as most [students who bid] were in groups of 10 at least, we had more than half the school participating, up to possibly three-quarters,” Taylor told The Citizen.
As far as finances were concerned, Taylor said the students involved hoped to match last year’s contribution of approximately $4,000. However, the money raised far exceeded that number, raising more than $5,000 for Movember, a campaign to promote awareness and raise funds to fight health problems afflicting men, most predominantly prostate cancer.
Individuals and groups of Movember growers were auctioned off and the winner of each auction got to choose who they shaved.
Josh Rhynard, who was sporting a 1980s-style mullett, brought in the top dollar, with several bidders putting up $260 to get to lop off his luxurious locks.
Ashley Campbell, who sold off the rights to chop off her ponytail, raised $240 and six teachers from the school, who were auctioned off as a group, also went for $240. Jason Bernard also auctioned off his beard for $240.
Many of the students who got involved did so because they just wanted to help out, however some students as well as some staff got involved because they know people who are fighting or have fought prostate cancer and wanted to participate on their behalf.
Taylor was assisted by local radio personality J Stevens from 94.5 The Bull.