Waist-length hair goes a long way
Published: May 24, 2006 | 4227th good news item since 2003
True to her word, Jacquie Tschekalin shaved her long hair before a cheering crowd on Thursday afternoon in front of Huntsville’s Civic Square.
Tschekalin, who works for Huntsville’s planning department, promised that if she managed to raise $1,000 in donations she would shave her head and donate the hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hair pieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. She also promised to donate the funds to the Dream Fund at Community Living Huntsville, which helps people in the community with developmental delays and/or disabilities.
“The goal of Community Living Huntsville is to develop an inclusive community in North Muskoka and to support people with special needs to live in dignity, to share in all elements of the community, and to participate in community life as fully as they choose,” she stated.
Tschekalin explained that one of the reasons she had chosen to support Community Living Huntsville is because she worked for Community Living in Algoma while she was in Sault Ste. Marie.
“I know they are an organization that has a lot of difficulty doing fundraising, probably more than a lot of other agencies, and I just felt that they are a group that can use the extra support,” she said.
In terms of her new ‘do, Tschekalin said her head was a tad bit cold on Thursday night but she is learning to get used to it.
Next week she will be attending a conference and while her aunt was kind enough to offer her a Meg Ryan wig. “I’m feeling rather brave, so I may just go without it,” she said.
Those who made the top three pledges were given the privilege of cutting her hair, which hung below her waist.
They were Edith Caron representing the law firm of Thoms & Currie; Carol Fraser representing Planscape planning services and her mother Anne Glazier.
Tschekalin managed to raise $1,881.26.