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Head shave all part of MHC’s anniversary 50 acts

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Tobi Ceh reacts to the first cuts. Tobi Ceh reacts to the first cuts.

Medicine Hat College’s Jennifer Fleckenstein is used to giving and sacrificing in her job as student recruiter for Medicine Hat College (MHC) and member of the Campus Life Society, but she probably didn’t think she would be sacrificing her hair, albeit for a good cause.

As part of the second round of head shavees who either got their hair cut or completely shaved in support of the Canadian Cancer Society Oct. 27, her long hair was shaved off with a pony tail as a momento.
The goal was to get 50 people to coincide with MHC’s 50-year anniversary. Unfortunately that didn’t happen, but the group still raised an impressive amount of money.
“I guess I was a little naive that I could get 50 people to shave their heads. That would’ve been amazing, but the people who did come out that was amazing,” explains Fleckenstein. “I was getting a little nervous when I was the only one, but then when word got out more then I had some volunteers.”
In total, there were four students and two staff members including Fleckenstein and  Tobi Ceh, a student counsellor.
Fleckenstein is also a member of the MHC’s 50 Acts of College committee. The committee is helping the institution celebrate the college’s 50th anniversary. As part of that celebration organizers decided to come up with different ideas to do something kind and beneficial for those in Medicine Hat and southeast Alberta.
Fleckenstein and five other volunteers shaved their heads with the assistance of a half-dozen cosmetology students from Medicine Hat’s McCoy High School. They helped raise more than $2,800, a number which Fleckenstein expects to climb to  $3,000.
The idea of shaving heads for cancer research came from the fact there are staff members and students who are touched by cancer and they wanted to do something to show they cared and help contribute financially.
“I also think it was a great way to raise awareness too,” explains Fleckenstein who saw a large crowd form in Centennial Hall to witness the afternoon head-shaving.
“Tobi and I have had cancer directly impact us, so we decided to do it.”
Fleckenstein says the 50 Acts of College Committee is working towards more ideas with some including the Brooks campus and trying to think of regional ideas.
In the meantime, Fleckenstein admittedly is still getting used to having her head shaved, although her hair is already noticeably coming back.
“I’m just thankful I have a nicely rounded head,” she says smiling. “It’s taking a little bit to get used to. It’s a lot colder outside and there’s a reason why we gave toques out (to the participants). The mornings are a lot quicker. I don’t take near as long getting ready and my kids think it’s (cool).”

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