A father and son getting their heads shaved at last year’s head shave for the Canadian Cancer Society. — NEWS file photo

Dashwood FD hosts red-hot fundraiser

Rural department hosts 12th annual head shave, barbecue April 30

The Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 12th annual head shave in support of the Canadian Cancer Society on Sunday, April 30, at The Dashwood Fire Hall.

The department has raised more than $43,000 in the last 11 head shaves and hopes to exceed last year’s total of $2,530. “This has become a real community event for the fire department, with many local citizens, other emergency services, as well as lots of the firefighters involved,” co-ordinator Harvey Twidale said. “Not everyone gets their heads shaved, but do come and watch, have their car washed, and enjoy some barbecue burgers, all by donation to the cause.”

Last year’s event had 25 shaves including three women, many kids, and visiting firefighters. Returning barbers Cheryle and Evelyn have been with the event for most of the 12 shaves, said Twidale, who added that Qualicum Foods and Thrifty Foods donate the refreshments for the barbecue and the firefighters and their families will be washing the cars.

Everyone is welcome to come and join the fun at 230 Hobbs Road and West Island Highway from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (longer if necessary). The Canadian Cancer Society will have staff there to take all donations, and pledge sheets are available at the fire hall in advance. For more information call the department at 250-752-5434, visit online at dashwoodvfd.com, or call Harvey Twidale at 250-752-9882.

— NEWS Staff and Dashwood VFD release