A group known as Kwantlen Bald Eagles raised $4,225 for cancer research during the recent Terry Fox Great Canadian Hair Do event.
The university students spent the better part of summer organizing the event as part of a civicengagement project.
By donation, a volunteer team of hairdressers and estheticians came to the university's Surrey campus to shave, shear, colour, thread, henna-tattoo and/or wax students, staff and faculty. In partnership with Eva & Company Wigs, the Kwantlen Bald Eagles collected enough hair to create eight wigs for local people living with cancer. All proceeds from the event, which included a barbecue, bake sale and 50/50 draw, went to Terry Fox Foundation.
The students more than doubled their original goal of raising $2,000 at the event.
"Several of them had their hair cut," said English 4401 instructor Greg Chan, "and two students - Allycia McPherson and Alexis Johnson - donated three inches of their hair for wigs. Congratulations to the Kwantlen Bald Eagles on their achievement, and thank you to all our supporters."
SQUARE DANCERS AT MORE PLACES
Surrey Square Wheelers and the City of Surrey's leisure services department have announced an expansion of square-dance events in the area.
Introductory square dance lessons are now available at three sites in Surrey.
On Wednesday nights from 7 to 10 p.m., Surrey Square Wheelers meet at Port Kells hall, 18918 88th Ave.
Starting Oct. 4 and continuing for eight weeks, square dancing happens Thursdays from 7: 30 to 9: 30 p.m. at Cloverdale rec centre, 6188 176th St.
Square dance sessions are also set to happen at Chuck Bailey rec centre, 13458 107A Ave., on Wednesday evenings starting Oct. 4.
Square dancing is a highly social way to reduce stress, improve health and stimulate the mind, say members of Surrey Square Wheelers: "You'll meet new friends while square dancing, and you'll have fun."
For more details, call 604-809-1703. Event information is also available online at surrey.ca, or call the City of Surrey's recreation department, 604501-5100.