The ‘mane’ event: College-wide hair donations to provide wigs for children with cancer

Student Aley Meade measures Mary Vanscoy's hair in preparation for the 'mane' event at the Welland Campus March 18.

Student Aley Meade measures Mary Vanscoy's hair in preparation for the 'mane' event at the Welland Campus March 18.

Having a ‘good hair day’ is about to get a whole new meaning at Niagara College.

A number of students, staff and faculty members are volunteering to get their hair cut as part of a college-wide initiative to provide wigs for children with cancer. The hair donation event will take place at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus on Thursday, March 17 and at the Welland Campus on Friday, March 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event was organized by School of Community Services professor Mary Vanscoy who became interested in donating her hair last year after losing her sister to cancer. The idea took root among her students and fellow staff members, leading Vanscoy to turn her personal quest into a college-wide event. Since then, the idea has been embraced enthusiastically by the members of the college community, with an ever-growing number who plan to join Vanscoy in her efforts – in one class alone, 25 students plan to donate their hair!

“Because of the efforts of the college community, a little idea grew into something much larger. When we come together to help others, we can make a big difference,” said Vanscoy. “We, as a college, can make a huge difference to those who are fighting against this disease. Children with cancer didn’t have the choice to lose their hair, but we have the choice to help them.”

The event is supported by the college’s Hairstyling program. Hairstyling faculty and students have volunteered to cut hair free of charge both days of the event to support the initiative.

Vanscoy’s own long-awaited haircut will take place at the Welland Campus on March 18 at 9:30 a.m. She will be joined by staff members and students – including second-year student Aley Meade who plans to shave off her 24-inch long tresses entirely. “When I think of a little girl not having hair on her head, this would be a huge gift,” said Meade. “I want to do what I can to help.”

Hair donations will be sent to 360 Hair Wigs for Kids located in British Columbia, which has the ability to use processed and shorter hair (at least six inches) – in addition to Niagara-based Wigs for Kids which accepts ‘virgin’ never-coloured or treated hair a minimum of 12 inches long.

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Media inquiries and RSVP:

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Niagara College
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7368
Cell: 905.328.2532
jgreco@niagaracollege.ca