With days left in November, one thing is certain: Innisfil councillor Kenneth Fowler will be going bald, at the hands of his nine-year-old son.
His online fundraiser for Chai Lifeline Canada, an organization that provides care, support, programs and services to the families of patients facing serious or critical illness, has reached at least one milestone.
When Coun. Fowler launched the fundraiser at the start of the month, he vowed to shave his head if he reached $250 in donations – and to allow his son Gabe to do the shaving, live online on Facebook, if donations reached $500.
As of Nov. 19, Fowler had raised $542.
“To reach this goal in such a rapid manner goes to show how incredibly altruistic the town I serve is,” said the councillor. “Would it be wrong to say I am utterly ecstatic? I have had so many people donate and thank me for something that is purely for the betterment of others. They are the heroes in my eyes.”
Fowler was inspired by Movember, a movement that asks men to ‘Grow a Mo for a Bro’, and grow a moustache during the month of November to raise funds for men’s health issues, including cancer. He lost his own father to cancer, two decades ago.
There is still time to reach one final goal. Fowler promised that if the total hits $1,000, he would shave not only his head, but also his beard and moustache.
“Fingers crossed, let’s see how far we can take this by the end of November,” said Fowler. “All that is left is to book a solid date for the live Facebook feed.”
To donate to his Chai Lifeline fundraiser, click here.