9:30 p.m., April 11)
HaiRaising event helps make wishes come true
By Fred Sherwin
Wade, 11, gets his lime green dyed hair shaved
off during the HaiRaisers Make-A-Wish event
at Place d'Orléans on Saturday. Fred
bless the fundraisers, because without them a lot of amazing
work and important initiatives would go undone.
without a small group of volunteer fundraisers who support
the Eastern Ontario Make-A Wish Foundation a lot of children's
wishes would go unanswered.
leukemia survivor Matthew had his wish for a family vacation
in Hawaii granted during the HaiRaiser "Get A New
Do or Dye It Blue" event at Place d'Orléans
east end family will get to swim with dolpins, go deep
sea fishing and take a helicopter tour all made possible
by people like 13-year-old Justin Reid and his three friends,
collectively known as ThECraZyHaiRKiDs, who raised $5,210
for the event and then had their heads shaved.
is the seventh year Reid has raised money for the Make-A-Wish
Foundation and the seventh year he's had his head shaved.
grows hair and I just needed something to do with mine
and this is perfect. I grow it out every year and don't
let my mom or anybody else touch it until I dye it,"
" said Reid, who personally raised $2,000 this year.
Wade joined ThECraZyHaiRKiDs in 2011 and like his three
cohorts, he hasn't had a haircut, or even a trim, since
he had his head shaved last year and he won't cut it again
until next year's event.
important to help kids and its a lot of fun to dye your
hair," said Wade when asked why he keeps raising
money and having his head shaved.
dyed his hair florescent green before getting it shaved
off. Reid dyed his hair orange with blue, pink and red
highlights. The other members of ThECraZyHaiRKiDs dyed
their hair bright blue and purple.
money they raised brought the total amount raised during
the event to just under $20,000, or enough to grant two
wishes. Twenty-five people either had their heads shaved
ot their hair dyed blue.
annual fundraiser is organized by the Vux Orleans
Wishes committee, a group of volunteers who love nothing
more than to help grant wishes to children who are either
battling a life-threatening illness, or have survived
a life-threatening illness.
very excited about the turnout this year and we raised
a lot of money too, so that's great," said committee
spolesperson Ariane Sabourin. "The support from whole
community has been fantastic."
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern Ontario has granted
more than 525 since 1999. Across Canada, the Foundaton
has granted over 5,200 wishes since 1983.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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