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Hos­pi­tal foun­da­tion sell­ing cal­en­dars fea­tur­ing brawny and bearded Ca­pers in kilts

Truro Daily News - - MARITIME LIFE - BY ERIN POTTIE [email protected]­

What a sight!

A Cape Bre­ton fundraiser is bring­ing brawny and bearded men in kilts to­gether for a 12month cal­en­dar.

The pro­ject is a fundraiser for the North­side/har­bourview Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion to help pur­chase a $140,000 dig­i­tal de­tec­tor for an ex­ist­ing X-ray ma­chine.

Foun­da­tion ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Terri Den­nis said the idea for the pro­ject was dis­cussed for a cou­ple of years.

“With fundrais­ing dol­lars di­min­ish­ing and more causes to sup­port, the foun­da­tion had to think of some­thing new for the North­side,” said Den­nis.

“It was ac­tu­ally (pho­tog­ra­pher) John Ratch­ford who came up with the Celtic War­rior be­cause beards are so preva­lent right now.”

“And so, be­cause Celtic War­riors are strong peo­ple and we’re Cape Bre­ton­ers — it just tied to­gether so nicely.”

Den­nis and board mem­ber Frances Macdougall said a call was sent out to lo­cal men who might fit the war­rior-like build.

“No one said no to us,” said Macdougall when asked about pick­ing vol­un­teers.

The 12-month cal­en­dar now fea­tures 17 men mod­el­ling kilts and car­ry­ing weapons such as an­cient swords and axes.

One of the mod­els, Duane Jes­some, works at North­side Gen­eral as the man­ager of its emer­gency de­part­ment, am­bu­la­tory care and other units.

Jes­some grew his typ­i­cally short beard for four months to get into char­ac­ter for the pro­ject.

“I knew it was go­ing to­ward a worth­while cause,” said the fa­ther of five. “How could I say no?”

But Jes­some had no idea un­til he showed up at the photo shoot that he would only be wear­ing a kilt and a sash.

“It was off of my nor­mal things to do,” he said. “Terri took the hair­spray out and started spray­ing my beard so it would puff up, and she put some eye­liner and makeup on me — eye­liner has never been on this face.”

Macdougall said their pur­chase of the dig­i­tal de­tec­tor will al­low doc­tors to view an X-ray within sec­onds.

“It re­duces the ra­di­a­tion the pa­tients are ex­posed to by 66 per cent – so that’s huge,” said Den­nis.

Den­nis and Macdougall are re­mind­ing North­side res­i­dents that just be­cause the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has an­nounced plans to close their hos­pi­tal, IT doesn’t mean the need for pri­mary care items no longer ex­ists.

They say fundrais­ing dol­lars are be­ing spent on equip­ment that is move­able and will find new homes out­side the hos­pi­tal when the time comes.

As part of the pro­ject, North Syd­ney res­i­dents Elaine and Fred Ma­cleod do­nated a sword to the photo shoot, while of­fi­cials with The Gaelic Col­lege in St. Ann’s loaned out a replica axe and all the kilts that were worn.

Ratch­ford Pho­to­graphic also do­nated the time and skill needed to cap­ture the strik­ing im­ages.

Hos­pi­tal foun­da­tion mem­bers say, to date, they have re­ceived cal­en­dar or­ders from as far away as Western Canada.

Cal­en­dars can be pur­chased at the foun­da­tion’s of­fice in­side the hos­pi­tal, near ad­mit­ting on Purves Street. They are also avail­able in North Syd­ney at Treasures on the Water­front and at Gillis Seafood fish mar­ket.

They can also be or­dered on­line at http://north­side­hos­pi­tal­foun­da­

Cost per cal­en­dar is $20.


Cal­en­dar mod­els and broth­ers Matthew and An­drew Ma­cleod donned some of the tra­di­tional Scot­tish kilts for the pho­to­shoot with North Syd­ney pho­tog­ra­pher John Ratch­ford.

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