‘Cops for Cancer’ shave-off set to go

Almost two dozen local residents will be going bald this weekend–but all for a worthy cause.
The “Cops for Cancer” shave-off, being held in conjunction with the annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship, is slated Saturday at 1 p.m. under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina.
Most of the “victims”–17–are police officers from the Fort Frances and Emo OPP detachments and area First Nations. But others also have bravely stepped forward to face the clippers to help raise money for cancer research.
“More and more people are getting involved,” said OPP S/Sgt. Hugh Dennis, who is among those participating in the shave-off. “We were hoping . . . and [the event] has taken off.”
S/Sgt. Dennis said he will be entering the event as a part of a tag team with his 12-year-old son, Tyson.
“He came and asked me if he could [enter]. That’s one I didn’t expect!” he remarked. “But it’s for an excellent cause–a win/win situation–and we will do it together.”
Also about to sport the Telly Savalas look will be John McTaggart, chairman of the bass committee, Times’ publisher Jim Cumming, Safeway assistant manager Dale Fortier, and the CFOB morning crew of Paul Bradley and Brent Cooper.
“This is a real boost for us,” said Linda Hamilton, vice-president of the local chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society. “The venue is perfect, and I think it will be a really [positive] addition to the bass tournament.”
Although S/Sgt. Dennis would not elaborate on the amount of pledges already raised by the shave-off participants, he did say the dollar figure would be in the thousands by the time the first hairs are snipped Saturday afternoon.
And individual donations do not have to be big to make a difference, Hamilton noted, stressing $5 or $10 pledges are just as valuable as a larger contribution.
“You don’t have to pledge a large amount. Every little bit counts,” she said.
S/Sgt. Dennis and Hamilton also are hoping to get donations right from the audience on hand for the event, with the added fun of having the crowd “elect” another shave-off participant with their pledges.
“We’d like to see a collection made from the audience for another individual,” he said.
“What we’d like to do really is find one hairy soul who’s there, someone with lots and lots of hair,” echoed Hamilton. “With the large crowd, [the Cancer Society] should do really well.”
Pledges for “Cops for Cancer” can be made through the Fort Frances OPP station.