Alberni men compete in trash-the-‘stache contest

An Alberni citizen as well as police and fire personnel are squaring off in a trash-the-moustache contest to raise money for the Tour de Rock.

Tour de rock rider Const. Tom Gill

Tour de rock rider Const. Tom Gill

Port Alberni fire Chief Tim Pley has been growing his moustache since he was a teenager. But he and three others will put their money where their mouths are on Sunday, Sept. 18 to help RCMP Const. Tom Gill raise money for his Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock ride.

Gill, Pley and RCMP Cpl. Denis Sauvé have all agreed to shave their moustaches, while Warrenn Sawyer will shave his head—and his goatee, for the right price.

Sauvé has only been growing his moustache for three years. That’s how long it’s been since he last shaved it for a Tour de Rock rider.

Sawyer shaved his head nine years ago in the name of fighting cancer. When he heard that hockey buddy Gill was this year’s rider, it was a no-brainer, he said.

“It needs to be done. It’s all about the kids,” Sawyer said. He has coin jars to collect donations in various local stores.

The Sept. 18 event will be a party at Harbour Quay from 1–4 p.m., Gill said, including a show and shine, West Coast Slam activities, kids games, a bouncy castle and more. The shaving, courtesy of sponsor Capelli Etc Hair Design (Bowerman Excavating is the other), begins around 2:30 p.m.

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