Local to lose locks for food bank
When Airdrie Food Bank officials asked for help with fundraising within the community to raise money to cover some of the costs of their new building currently being constructed, Marilyn Seward answered the call.
“I’m losing my locks but it’s OK, I have an abundance of hair and it will grow back quickly,” Seward said of her head-shave campaign.
On Oct. 5, Seward will have her long white-grey hair that goes to the middle of her back shaved off at the Cam Clark Ford building in Airdrie.
“I thought, ‘oh my God, you’re shaving that beautiful hair,’” said Sue Methuen, executive assistant with the food bank, when she heard of Seward’s fundraising plan.
“She has such a generous spirit. We couldn’t be more grateful,” Methuen added.
The food bank’s new location will be about 6,000 square feet, which is almost three times larger than the size of the current facility. It will give the food bank significantly more warehouse space and offer a community kitchen in Airdrie.
“The building is very important,” Seward said. “It’s going to offer more than just a place to pick up food.”
She said things can happen in anyone’s life that may make them rely on the help of others and the food bank can help people find the resources they need to get back on track.
“I think it’s going to help a lot more people than the community knows,” she said.
The total cost for the new building is just less than $1.2 million and Methuen said they have raised about 70 per cent of the cost from business sponsors and grants.
“Now we are turning to the community to help raise the rest and encouraging people to raise funds in a fun way or with a fun event,” Methuen said, adding Seward’s head shave is just the type of thing they are looking for.
Not only is Seward raising funds for the food bank, she is also donating the hair that is cut off to Locks of Love, a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged people under the age of 21.
Seward said, though her grey-white hair will not be used for children’s hairpieces it will be sold to wig makers and the profits from the sale will go to Locks of Love.
“There are a lot of children going through different illnesses and they need and want hair,” she said of her decision to donate her hair to the non-profit organization.
As for losing her locks, Seward said, “There is a little bit of nervousness involved and a bit of excitement for something new.”
She laughed as she said she will be attending a wedding the same day as the head shave on Oct. 5.
“I’m sure I can rock out a fancy scarf or something,” she said.
Though, Seward has no set monetary goal for the fundraiser, she encourages people to give generously.
“Whether I raise $10 or $5,000, I’m going to do it,” she said.
“If you have the time, become a volunteer. If you are fortunate enough to have a little extra in your bank account, give freely. For me, I have an abundance of hair. You help out where you can and when you can.”
To donate or to learn more about the new food bank building, visit www.newairdriefoodbank.com