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Students and staff raise funds for local cancer care at Glenbrook Gives

June 4, 2018

SHELBURNE, Ontario – For the fifth year in a row, the Glenbrook Elementary School community has come together to raise funds for cancer care and treatment.

On Friday June 1, Glenbrook ES held Glenbrook Gives, an annual fundraiser that supports cancer research and patients.

At the event, staff, students and family members shaved their heads or donated their long locks to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths and Locks of Love programs, both of which make and give real-hair wigs to women and girls who have lost their hair during cancer treatment.

In the weeks leading up to the event, Glenbrook families donated funds in support of the staff and students who were shaving or donating their hair. All of the money raised goes to the oncology unit at Orangeville’s Headwaters Health Care Centre.

Many of the hair buzzers and donors have personal ties to the event, having loved ones who are currently battling cancer, loved ones who have survived or lost their battle with cancer in the past, or loved ones who have been the recipients of real-hair wigs after having undergone chemotherapy.

Over the past five years, Glenbrook has raised more than $10,000 for Headwater’s Health Care Foundation, raising more than $4,200 this year alone.

Glenbrook Gives was coordinated by grade 5 student Viola, with the help of Glenbrook staff members Faye O’Connor, Tami Bye, Jen Lange, Crystal Duern, Katherine Horsely, Tobyn Londos and Heather Mavins.

Three teachers and 14 students generously donated their hair, in lengths ranging from eight to 18 inches. A group of 34 staff, students and family members shaved their heads in support of the event.

Local stylists from Lemon & Ginger Hair Salon and Changes Hair Studio donated their time to make sure all hair donors received professional haircuts and looked sharp after donating.

Way to go Glenbrook!

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