Fire­fight­ers go bald at Border­fest

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

TheS­tanstead Fire Depart­ment al­ways likes to be a part of the Border­Fest ac­tiv­i­ties and this year is no ex­cep­tion. What is new is how they will be tak­ing part: sev­eral of the fire­fight­ers will be get­ting their heads shaved dur­ing Stanstead’s annual event to raise money to sup­port chil­dren with cancer.

Eric Blanchette and Jean Fluet are the first Stanstead fire­fight­ers to ‘throw their hat (or should I say their head) into the ring’, and they have al­ready be­gun col­lect­ing do­na­tions for their Leu­can Shaved Head Chal­lenge. “I’m ex­pect­ing a few more fire­fight­ers to join in soon,” said Mr. Blanchette who ini­ti­ated the idea for the fundraiser.

Eric, although not look­ing for­ward to get­ting his long hair shaved off, is happy with how his fundrais­ing is go­ing so far. “I set a per­sonal goal of $100 and I’m al­ready up to around $500. I’ve just been go­ing around town con­fronting peo­ple, fam­ily and friends, and lots of peo­ple have been do­nat­ing,” he com­mented. The fire­fighter re­ally hit pay dirt when he vis­ited the Abco Stc Inc. plant in the Beebe sec­tor. “I raised about $150 from the em­ploy­ees at the shop and then the boss matched their do­na­tion!” Any­one who do­nates $20 or more can get a tax re­ceipt.

Stanstead fire­fighter Eric Blanchette will be get­ting his head shaved at Border­Fest to raise money to help chil­dren suf­fer­ing from cancer.

Mr. Blanchette es­ti­mates that his hair should be about four inches long when he gets it all shaved off at the Border­Fest on July 7th. “I like my hair! Once, when I was younger, I was think­ing of shav­ing my head and ev­ery­one said I would look like an id­iot, so now I think I’m go­ing to look like an id­iot! And I have a wed­ding to go to two months later!” he con­cluded, sound­ing more than a lit­tle ner­vous.

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