The Shave for the Brave at the Public Service Credit Union (PSCU) Empire Avenue branch had two incredibly successful Shavers; Sean Kilpatrick and Ian Barrett raised over $8,000 for possibly two of the most expensive haircuts ever performed in the middle of a bank!
Kilpatrick’s passion for the Shave began last year at the Newfoundland Labrador Housing Shave for the Brave. When he joined the PSCU board he combined his passion for the Shave with his drive to lead by example.
“I felt that the best way to demonstrate the Board’s support was to have a Board member be the first person shaved,” said Kilpatrick.
Once Kilpatrick was on board, Barrett knew he had to follow suit. Besides being the Manager of Finance and an eight-year PSCU veteran, Barrett had a personal connection with young adult cancer. His cousin, Kris Barrett, served on the Young Adult Cancer Canada Board after going through testicular cancer as a young man.
“It is something that impacted me directly and is a great cause to support,” said Barrett.
Their Shave was supported by Reddy Kilowatt Credit Union’s Duffy Place branch and Newfoundland Labrador Credit Union Charitable Foundation, both of which donated $500 each. PSCU supported their leaders with a $1,000 donation as did the Atlantic Credit Union who stepped up with a $2,000 donation. Newfoundland Labrador Housing also supported their Shave with $105 donation.
Throughout the Shave this year, the PSCU has been clear about their goal: They want government offices to get involved with Shave. They put their money where their mouth is by offering a $500 head start cheque to any government employees organizing a Shave for the Brave. So far Nalcor, Newfoundland Liquor Corporation, St. John’s Firefighters, and Atlantic Lottery have all taken advantage of their generous offer.
This isn’t the last Credit Union Shave scheduled this year and they are hoping that more government offices will come on board. If you are a government employee and you would like to receive a PSCU $500 head start cheque toward your own Shave please contact Kelly at Kelly@youngadultcancer.ca or call (709)-700-1972.