Getting waxed for charity in Parksville

Hot wax will be oozing down the backs, chests and legs of local young male professionals in the area Thursday, Sept.20,

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Hot wax will be oozing down the backs, chests and legs of local young male professionals in the area Thursday, Sept.20, before it is ripped off in quick, painful strips to a room full of cheering locals.

It’s called Tear A Strip Off of Poverty-Wax Your Back for the SOS and it’s the brainchild of Dan LaRocque from Up Your Media.

“I’ve been thinking about for a number of years and I thought it would be kind of outlandish and absurd and it will be,” he said.

LaRocque said proceeds from the fundraising event will go to the SOS, one of the best community organizations in town, which does a lot for all different kinds of people. Besides LaRocque, who’s getting his legs waxed, Rob Tryon from Effing Seafoods and Jonathan Michaels from Geeks On The Beach will get their chest’s waxed, Blain Sepos from Oceanside Tourism will get his back waxed,  and Thomas Robertshaw from Acme Food Co. will get his entire torso waxed. Local Principal Tony Saremba and Parksville Deputy Fire Chief Marc Norris have also agreed to get waxed for the cause.

Sepos said a bunch of the guys getting waxed are also involved in Movember, a mustache growing charity event, so they’ll take off hair next week and then grow it elsewhere in a couple of months.

“It’s kind of fun, we’ve got this body hair thing going on,” he said.

The guys hope to raise a few thousand dollars by having people sponsor the hairy guys, or by collecting donations at the door.

Rhiannon Whitney from Natural Synergy Day Spa will perform the waxing at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre Sept. 20 in the Garry Oaks/Arbutus rooms at 7 p.m.

There will be a DJ spinning tunes and a cash bar.

Parks Vegas Guerilla Entertainment Collective is putting on the event, LaRocque said, and plan to put on similar events in the future.


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