Leucan celebrating 20 years of the Shaved Head Challenge

By Gordon Lambie

Leucan Estrie became the most recent charitable organization to launch an “isolation edition,” of its annual fundraising activities on Tuesday with the announcement that the annual shaved-head challenge will take place in a modified version at the end of the month of August. Combining the Sherbrooke challenge, which would normally have taken place at the end of May, and the Magog challenge, which would have taken place in June, the partially online event is looking to raise $30,000 for the fight against children’s cancers.
“This year we are celebrating 20 years of the Shaved Head Challenge in Quebec,” said Karine Fontaine, the Regional Director of Leucan Estrie, explaining that the first edition took place in Granby in 2001. “That year we shaved the heads of just a few people to raise 10,000. Since that time this campaign has grown to the point where more than 95,000 people have shaved their heads, raising close to $60 million in the process.”
Although the spring challenges were cancelled this year in light of physical distancing requirements and the ban on public gatherings, Leucan Estrie has come back with what it is calling a “hybrid model” for the summer. In this new set-up, families and businesses are invited to get involved by holding small-scale head-shaving events on the 28 and 29 of August either at their homes or places of business. In an effort to get more people involved, those with particularly long hair can now join in the fun by having their locks cut by at least 20 centimetres. All those who have cut their hair are invited to send a photo in to Leucan Estrie, where they will be combined into a digital montage to help highlight the participation across the region.
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