With November coming to a close in the next several days, men across Brock University campus will also celebrate the end of ‘Movember’, but in a way that gives back to a greater cause.
On Monday, Nov. 30 starting at 11:00am in Isaac’s Bar and Grill, the Brock Leaders Citizenship Society (BLCS) will be hosting their first annual Hairless for a Cure event, a philanthropy cause that collects donations for the Canadian Cancer Society in exchange for being given the opportunity to rip wax strips off of willing student volunteers.
First-year Tourism Management student and BLCS member Jonah Graham is spearheading the event, having been personally impacted by cancer through his loved ones.
“I’ve had many friends affected by cancer and I’ve seen the change they have to go through as they undergo treatments, leading to the loss of their hair. It’s as if they distance themselves from society because they feel ashamed. If I can change that feeling for one person, then my goal will be achieved,” said Graham. “It was then that I decided that I wasn’t going to idly watch. I knew that I had to stop thinking that someone else would take care of the problem because if I waned to see things change in this world, someone had to take the first step, or strip of wax in this case.”
Within the last several years, Graham has participated in other initiatives toward ending the battle against cancer, such as growing out his hair in order to donate it to make wigs for patients, as well as being involved in annual events such as the Terry Fox Run and Relay for Life.
In recognizing that not many students would be as willing as he was to give up his long locks, he came up with the idea for students to wax their body hair in support of the cause. To reach his fundraising goal of $500, male students, including Brock University Students’ Union executives, will be auctioned off to have another student apply a wax strip and rip it off.
“I’m not going to say that I think that this event will change the world, but I will promise that I will try to change the views people have towards cancer and what they can do to help,” said Graham. “I wasn’t to unite the campus to show that if you see that there is something wrong in this world, you can make a difference, no matter how small.”
As for the rest of his first year at Brock, Graham is looking forward to continuing his support with the Canadian Cancer Society by helping in the organization of the 2016 Relay for Life, as well as participating in it.
“I’ve taken part in this event before and they were the best 12 hours of my life. I’ll also be planning Hairless for a Cure for next year and cross my fingers that my hair will grow quick enough to donate again,” said Graham.
All students are encouraged to either donate to this cause or attend the event to watch their fellow Badgers not only support a worthy initiative but also have a little fun while doing so. Donation boxes are stationed across campus, including in the Schmon Tower lobby and the Student Life Involvement Commons (MCA204).
For more information, visit the event page on ExperienceBU.