Last year's cancer head shave raised more than $50,000 for cancer research.
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Students bare all for a cure

Annual cancer head shave comes to Mac Hall

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Students strapped for cash have a new way to shave and save. Next week marks the fifth annual cancer head shave event, where volunteers get pledges, lop off their locks and help raise money for cancer research.

What started off as a program headed by the Haskayne School of Business has now expanded to include all faculties and the general public. In the past, proceeds from the event have gone towards the Canadian Cancer Society and Kids Cancer Care Foundation. This year's profits will go to the Alberta Cancer Foundation. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wed., March 28 in the North Courtyard of MacEwan Student Centre.

"Last year the University of Calgary raised between $50,000 and $60,000 alone," said program director Irfaan Sorathia. "Altogether with Mount Royal College, NAIT, the University of Lethbridge and Red Deer College, the event had 205 participants."

Throughout the five years, the head shave event has raised about $300,000 while boosting awareness. Those involved include students and members of the general public, with this year's youngest participant being 11 years old.

"This gives students the opportunity to represent the fight against cancer and provides a voice," Sorothia added. "We're trying to expand for the future. Cancer has grown and Head Shave Canada is making a move towards prevention, instead of just focusing on a cure."