Last June, Maegan Taylor decided in a spur of the moment to shave her head after raising just shy of $600 for the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life.
This year, she’s prepared to do it again. Only this time she wants to raise $1,000 before she will let go of her locks.
Taylor is the inspiration behind Team White Sneakers, and they recently raised $335 at a bake sale held on Johnston Road. They’re planning a hotdog roast soon too. Taylor is confident she can reach her goal, and although her hair isn’t long enough to donate it again to Children’s Hospital for kids’ wigs, she’s ready to shave her head.
“Last year Maegan raised $591.78 in less than a week of fundraising,” said her mother, Mary Grieder.
Taylor was originally going to grow her hair out and shave it in 2012, but changed her mind.
Taylor is one of 313 participants signed up for the Relay for Life, which will be held from 7 p.m. Friday, June 17 to 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 at Bob Dailey Stadium.
Nearly 40 teams have signed up for the relay so far, leadership chairwoman Melissa Bigmore said—bringing the numbers back up to the event’s early years in the Alberni Valley. There are also more than 100 additional participants signed up compared to last year, she added.
Already more than $30,000 has been raised.
“It’s awesome,” Bigmore said. “At this time last year we were sitting at just over $28,000. To be that much farther ahead…it’s $2,000 more.”
Canadian Tire has picked up the cost to rent the site again this year, which is $600 that the organizing committee doesn’t have to spend, she added.
A number of fundraising events are happening in the next couple of weeks. Here is a rundown of some of them:
Serious Coffee’s Cool Beans are hosting their second annual guest barista week from Monday, May 30 to Saturday, June 4 inclusive. Guests include Mayor Ken McRae, staff from PEAK FM (who will be on location all day Monday), firefighters from the Port Alberni Fire Department, Portal Players, West Coast Slam, Buy-Low Foods, some of the banks and Alberni Communications, to name a few.
Serious Coffee will donate all its tips from the week to their relay team, as well as 10 cents for every drink sold. They will also be selling barista week T-shirts for $15 each, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the relay.
Serious Coffee is located at Redford Plaza, at the corner of 10th Avenue and Redford Street.
The Crewsaiders will hold a bake sale and CPR education event on Sunday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Port Alberni Ambulance Station on Roger Street (at Sixth Avenue). Learn infant/ child/ adult bystander CPR by donation from paramedics.
On Wednesday, June 1 from 7–9 a.m. the Alberni District Secondary School leadership class will hold its annual pancake breakfast drive-thru in front of the high school. Smitty’s pancakes, Hertel Meats sausages and Starbucks coffee will be served by donation.
Saturday, June 4, Lori’s Angels are hosting a silent auction with dinner and live music at Solda’s Restaurant. Tickets are $30 and include appies, dinner, tea and coffee. Car smashing will be going on in the parking lot at Solda’s during the day. Tickets are available inside Solda’s.
Lori’s Angels are also holding a garage sale at a home on Pleasant Road on Saturday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Capitol Thespians, from Portal Players, are teaming up with local musicians for The Cap for a Cure, a variety show on Thursday, June 9. Tickets will be available at the Capitol Box Office or by calling Melissa Lowe at 250-730-7356.