Rob Crosbie is no stranger to giving back. In 2018, he received the Order of Canada for his many contributions to industry, volunteerism, and philanthropy. In addition to being the chairman of the Crosbie Group, a husband of nearly 40 years, a father, a hunter, a fisherman, and an avid player of both golf and water polo, Rob is taking on an exciting new role as a 2020 Shave Ambassador.
He was first introduced to Shave for the Brave through his coworkers. A number of Crosbie Group employees volunteered with or participated in the Shave over the years but Rob became very intrigued with the Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) fundraiser when Crosbie Group Vice President, Bill Foote, hosted a very unique, in-office Shave for the Brave where he waxed his whole upper body! The office roared with screams and laughter as Bill and several other men shaved their heads and waxed their legs to raise money for YACC.
Rob became a passionate believer in the work of Young Adult Cancer Canada and decided to become a Shaver. After setting his fundraising goal at $50,000, he inspired donors by challenging his brother, Alex, to shave his head too — but only if his fundraising goal was reached. The incentive worked and together the brothers raised a total of $56,270. In May 2019, Rob and Alex shared the Shave stage at the Brave Brunch, an annual event held in St. John’s connecting the business community to the cause.
“It was an awesome experience,” Rob said. “It was interesting to see all the comments and playful digs people were making. Having my brother, Alex, jump in, in order to get us over the goal, was amazing as well.”
The money that Rob and Alex raised helps young adult cancer survivors across Canada to connect at retreats, conferences, and local events, at no cost to them. The Crosbie brothers made a lasting impact on countless lives affected by cancer and Rob is not slowing down.
“I believe it is excellent work that has a positive impact on a section of society that likely has different support needs the healthcare system is not able to deal with.” Rob said. “Cancer touches just about every family and there are a lot of young people who silently deal with the aftereffects of living with or through a cancer scare. I thought being an ambassador would assist in shining some light on the support issues young people face and perhaps aid in the fundraising efforts.”
Rob has some advice for people who are thinking about shaving this year.
“The hair grows back really quickly. Be proud that you shaved for such a quality charity and are helping the community. A lot of people are aware of the Shave and will support your effort. Let’s get a record raised this year!”