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Volunteers needed for world record head shave

07 March 2016

Calgary -

The Canadian Cancer Society and Calgary Fire Department are rallying family, friends, and cancer fighters of all types, to break the Guinness World Record for the most heads shaved at one time. The record currently sits at 267 people, set by police officers in Peterborough, ON, in May 2015.

To break the Guinness World Record, a minimum of 268 people must shave their heads at the exact same time – meaning the Canadian Cancer Society needs just as many volunteers with clippers to make this event a success.

“We only need a few more people to sign up to go bald. But we really need volunteers to actually do the honours of shaving heads on March 12,” says Tom Shindruk, volunteer board member, Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division. 

“Cancer is ruthless, but there is strength in numbers,” says Shindruk, who will be shaving his head and has raised more than $2,200 so far. “Give the gift of your time on March 12 to make a significant impact in the lives of Canadians living with cancer now and in the future – while attempting to break a Guinness World Record.”

While attempting to break the world record, the Calgary Fire Department along with all participants, have already raised more than $51,000 for the life-saving work of the Canadian Cancer Society.

“Cancer impacts the lives of most Canadians in some way, and firefighters are no exception,” says Calgary Fire Chief Steve Dongworth. “Firefighters are exposed to potentially harmful carcinogens as part of their jobs and in supporting this event we are supporting research that can make a difference in our lives.”

Don’t miss your chance to be a record breaker.

Those interested in participating or volunteering must register prior to the event at cancer.ca/yycfire.

Event details
Calgary Fire Department’s Record-Breaking Head Shave
March 12, 2016
1 to 4 p.m.
Fire Training Academy, located at 5727 23 Avenue S.E.

About the Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers and staff whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. Building on our progress, we are working with Canadians to change cancer forever. Make your gift today at cancer.ca.

The Calgary Fire Department
The City of Calgary Fire Department is dedicated to the safety of Calgarians, with a mission to serve the community through excellence in fire prevention, education, protection and safety. We have more than 1,400 firefighters in 40 fire stations across the city to provide emergency and non-emergency services, including responding to fires, medical calls, chemical and hazardous materials spills and vehicle collisions. Some of the important non-emergency services provided include fire prevention education and household hazardous waste drop-off. For more information on the Calgary Fire Department visit www.calgary.ca/fire

For more information, please contact:

Paula Trotter

Communications Coordinator

Phone: 403-541-2339