EIPS students and staff kicked off spring break early by shaving their heads for a good cause.
On Friday (Mar.23) 30 people from Woodbridge Farm Elementary had their heads shaved at the 2018 Hair Massacure taking place at the West Edmonton Mall.
“I think my wife is more excited than I am, she has this idea I look like Captain Jean-Luc Picard without hair,” said Woodbridge Farms Elementary principal Sven Danzinger. “For me though, it’s a reminder of how people feel when they lose their hair fighting cancer.”
The school's student-led We Act team organized a fundraising campaign leading up to Friday's event. For a month students sold hundreds of gold ribbons, pink hair stands and paper Kali Bears.
They raised more than $11,000, which will be donated to the Alberta Cancer Foundation and the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada.
“It’s quite remarkable how much we were able raise,” said Danzinger. “It shows students that we can all help make a difference in this world, big or small. For us, that’s incredibly important, particularly this year. Two of our students at the school are currently fighting cancer. So, this one definitely hits home for us.”
Two other Elk Island public schools, École Campbelltown and Fort Saskatchewan Elementary, also took part in the Hair Massacure.