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Hair Donation Ottawa goes virtual

An annual CHEO fundraiser in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness month, this year participants are encouraged to film and upload a video of themselves cutting their own hair.
By: Heather Marie Connors
September 21, 2020
Images provided by CHEO.

Hair Donation Ottawa is an annual event where volunteers agree to cut, shave or trim their hair in support of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Donated hair is used to create wigs for cancer patients, or recycled by Green Circle Salons. Due to COVID-19, the event is virtual this year, and participants are filming themselves cutting their own hair and then sharing those videos online.

There are fundraising incentive prizes for volunteers, as well as an online auction featuring over a hundred items such as gift baskets, hair and beauty products, and an Ottawa Senators prize pack.

An average of 75 children in Ottawa receive a cancer diagnosis every year. Hair Donation Ottawa raises funds for cutting-edge cancer research. The program also provides free wigs to kids who have experienced hair loss from cancer treatment.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and 2020 marks the 10th year of Hair Donation Ottawa. Anyone who wishes to participate can register through the CHEO website.

Source: Ottawa Business Journal

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