Bearded snow fighters shave, help Lodge That Gives

Amanda Jess
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LYONS BROOK – The “Pictou County bearded snow fighters” are bearded no more.

Five employees with the Department of Transportation shaved off their facial hair on Tuesday as part of a fundraiser for the Lodge That Gives.

“It seems to be, everybody knows somebody that’s been affected (by cancer),” organizer Dave MacConnell said.

This was the second year DOT employees from the area held a fundraiser for the lodge, which offers accommodations for cancer patients receiving treatment 50 kilometres away from their home.

This year, they’d raised $5,042 as of Tuesday afternoon. They are still waiting to hear from Truro and Amherst employees who were raising money for the cause.

Last year, they raised approximately $3,000.

One of the participants, Lewis MacDonald, raised that much on his own.

They each lobbied businesses and individuals, and MacDonald held a bingo to gather funds.

“I lost two sisters to cancer,” he said, adding that he wanted to thank everyone who helped him donate.

The men had been growing their beards since the plowing season began in December.

Yvonne Wilkinson from the Lion’s Mane in Stellarton gave them the clean shave following the annual appreciation dinner for all of the local DOT employees.

They hope to have it continue.

“Every year, we get more ideas to raise money,” Jason Pitts, one of the newly barefaced men, said.

They chose the Lodge That Gives after hearing how many Pictou County people use the facility, which make up at least 18 per cent of everyone who stays there.

The lodge offers a place to stay for both the patient and their family, free of charge, as well as meals and other amenities.

On Twitter: @NGNewsAmanda 

Organizations: Department of Transportation

Geographic location: Stellarton, Pictou County

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