Sometime last year, one of our receptionists, Laurel mentioned she desperately needed a haircut & wanted to donate her locks to CHEO's fundraising initiative. She happened to mention at work to see if anyone wanted to join her in a group effort. I think many felt they would have had to cut off a significant length of hair but we have since learned that the criteria for hair donations had changed quite a bit. This was something I always wanted to do but never really grew my hair long enough….but since hair salons were closed for long stints during the pandemic, I decided this was the time to just let it grow and when we were in a safer situation & salons were open again, I’d cut it off. So I suggested if Laurel was willing to wait for my hair to catch up in length, we'd be a go. Poor Laurel…she’s had to wait a year until I was ready! Since then, we’ve also had another co-worker join the team, one of our Recreation Aides, Amanda.
We decided to host the event at Wildpine Residence, the retirement home we work at so our residents and co-workers can be present to cheer us on. We enlisted the help of our in-house hair stylist, Debbie to do the cutting. We chose to do it just before Thanksgiving because we are all very thankful for many reasons....for working with some wonderful & supportive people and remaining safe during a very challenging period.
The time has come and we are all ready to get this done...for a good cause as many of us as parents have benefitted from the wonderful care at CHEO at some point in our children’s lives….and a new look too. COVID Hair-Don't Care, Time to Lose the Locks!