One dollar dropped in this basket is one dollar donated to help Planet Head Day and benefit C.A.N.C.E.R – which stands for Caring Area Neighbors for Cancer Education and Recovery – an organization that supports people in the county going through this disease.
The Planet Head Day fundraiser started in 1998, each year people and businesses raise money by sponsoring or donating to someone they know having their head shaved. The clean heads are then painted like a planet of the persons choosing. This year Louise Calabrese from C.A.N.C.E.R says fundraising has been a struggle.
“we have lost some of our larger fundraisers,” said Louise.
WAGM has been involved for the past three years, and is one of the organizations that has donated a good amount. We are still raising money this year, however no one from our news crew will be saving their heads. News Director Chris Weimer say’s WAGM will not raise as much as prior years but we are still hopeful.
“Last year we set a $6000 mark, we are not going to hit that unless we get some significant donations. But we’ve got a week left and we are doing as much as we can to raise as much money as we can,” said Chris.
Louise said although fundraising this year has been tough, a lot of new people have stepped up to help the cause.
“Other people have stood up and decided that this is going to be their year. So they are coming forward and people for the first time are going to have their heads shaved. I’m Amazed. Women, women are deciding. When I did this three years ago and how much it meant to me to do it, they said you know what, I’m gonna do that too!” said Louise.
Planet Head Day will be taking place on Saturday February 15th. If you don’t want to shave your head, that’s fine you can come out and help shave others heads as well as paint them, all working together towards a wonderful cause.