Pair of Peavey Mart employees to shed hair in cancer fundraiser

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  • Aug. 10, 2011 1:00 p.m.

John MacNeil / Independent Editor

Hair today, gone tomorrow. That’s the scenario facing a couple of Stettler Peavey Mart employees who have volunteered to have their heads shaved Saturday as part of a cancer-research fundraiser.

Fran Needham-Allison and Jonathon Jack are slated to lose their locks at 1 p.m. Saturday during a fun-filled day that includes a barbecue at the store from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Needham-Allison, a 55-year-old grandmother who is the head cashier at Peavey Mart, and Jack, a 21-year-old customer service representative, are supporting the cancer cause for similar reasons.

“I’ve actually had my head shaved a couple of times before, when my sister had cancer and was going through chemo, just sort of support for her when she lost her hair,” Needham-Allison said.

“It’s a good cause and all the Peavey Mart stores were challenged by the Lethbridge Peavey Mart to have somebody in our stores shave their head.”

Jack also stepped up the plate and has let his grow longer than usual. Although he’s had his head shaved before, this is the first time he’s doing so in the cancer fight.

“I’ve been kind of wanting to do it for the last few years,” Jack said. “Actually, my uncle passed away from testicular cancer. A couple of friends of my mom’s have had breast cancer and have had surgery done. I want to support it as much as I can.”

Along the way, he’s adding a little fun.

“I was thinking about putting pink tips in so people will be wanting to get them out of my hair as quickly as possible,” Jack said with a laugh.

Stettler’s fundraising effort is timely as it matches the Wild Pink Yonder provincial tour in the fight against breast cancer.

Plans for the Peavey Mart party Saturday include a bake sale, a silent auction, a raffle and door prizes at the barbecue, “and hopefully some live entertainment,” Needham-Allison said.

She said local businesses have lined up to provide “phenomenal” support for the silent auction.

Pledge sheets for the hair-shaving fundraiser are located at each till at the Stettler Peavey Mart.