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On February 5, Creedence Pete plans to be sitting in a chair at Curl Up and Dye where she works in Social Media and Make Up, and experiencing something she has never experienced before. “I’ve always wanted to shave my head and I just didn’t have a reason to do it. A lot of people were against it because I have such long hair naturally, but it’s just a hassle sometimes. I just needed a reason.”
Creedence said she brought up the idea to her boyfriend of raising money to go along with the cut. “What if I raise money and then shave it? I could put the money towards research and he was like, that would be a great idea! Then I was like, what if I donated my hair, too, and we said that was even better. I decided to take the chance and start a fundraiser.”
From there, Creedence inquired about raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society and was happy to see that its website (www.cancer.ca) was set up with sections specific for starting up your own campaign. “It’s super easy to set up. It’s simple. They have an area just for fundraising, for cutting your hair off. They have different fundraisers on there for specific goals you’re trying to reach and in different ways.”
After reaching out to the society, she was introduced to a contact who began giving her ideas and tips for fundraising. Creedence was given a link to her own event and began sharing it with friends and family on her social media accounts on December 4, but she hasn’t reached as many people as she had hoped. “It slowed down around Christmas and then with the new year, everything is getting slower and I know it can be an expensive holiday. I’m hoping to try and reach more people again.”
With over 20 inches of hair to cut off and donate, Creedence, who is also a member of the Whitecourt Roller Derby Team, has set a goal of $2,000. When it comes time to cut her hair, studio owner Elora Lanctot has been booked for February 5 which is the current end date for the fundraiser. “It’s going to be a live video and it’s going to be at Curl Up and Dye. Whoever is here can take some clippers if they want and help shave my head.”
A few months back, Creedence was able to give blood which was something that she had always wanted to do but didn’t have the opportunity to do prior. “I figured that I should just keep giving if I can. I have had such a good year and I had so much given to me, and I’ve experienced so much that I would just like to give instead always taking, you know? I think it’s important to do that.”
The link attached to Creedence’s fundraiser is a direct link to the Canadian Cancer Society, so all donations are immediately received by the society. She has created a Facebook event called “Creedence’s Cut for Cancer” and invites everyone to join her in her mission. Her link can be found in the details portion of her event and any questions can be easily posted on the event page. If you are unable to donate, a share on social media goes a long way in helping her reach even more people. The money is going to a wonderful cause and the added benefit of donating her long locks is the icing on the cake. If you would like to contact Creedence, she can be reached at 1-306-491-0072.