Hopeite Kerry Burgher has been dyeing his hair pink and shearing it off, in support of cancer research and care, for decades. (Submitted photos)

Hopeite Kerry Burgher has been dyeing his hair pink and shearing it off, in support of cancer research and care, for decades. (Submitted photos)

Hopeite is getting his pink locks lopped off, again, for a cause

Kerry Burgher is ‘balding for dollars’ asks people to bid on local prizes to support cancer research

Kerry Burgher is at it again, walking around town in pink hair only to have it shorn off this Friday.

The Hope resident had to do things differently this year in his quest to support the BC Cancer Foundation, forgoeing an event at the Silver Chalice in favour of an online fundraiser. While his donations have reached $635 as of Tuesday, Nov. 3, Burgher is concerned that bids haven’t come in for the many gift cards and prizes on offer from local businesses.

“One person has texted me and said I’ll kick in $15 on a $20 card, it’s kind of depressing,” Burgher said. Prizes include coupons and gift cards for local businesses including restaurants, gas stations, automotive service shops and optical services.

To bid, call or email Kerry at 604-750-0611 or burgherking77@gmail.com. “And there’s a couple more coming, hopefully, another $100 gas card…it’s stuff that people use everyday,” he said. “Save money, donate money.”

People can also grab a ‘Burgher and Brew’ combo from the Silver Chalice for $20, half of which will be donated to Burgher’s fundraising efforts.

And the shearing of Burgher’s pink locks this Friday (Nov. 6), also an item people can bid on, promises to be an interesting spectacle he said.

“Our local RCMP will be escorting me through the metropolis of Hope,” Burgher wrote. “The deed will be executed in the parking lot of Save-On Foods. The wielder of the antique Viking sword used in the deed will be given the responsibility of bidding on the Great Honour.”

All funds raised go to the BC Cancer Foundation Burgher said. Despite the difficulties of holding such an event during the COVID-19 pandemic – he had to cancel a planned ‘balding’ in April of this year – Burgher has kept this tradition going for decades. “I used to do it when I was at UBC,” he said. The colour is usually pink, Burgher said, as “pink is the most exclamatory colour.”

“It’s all for a good cause, that’s why we do it,” he said. “It’s like the reason that I donate blood. I’ve donated 146 times now, it’s in you to give.”

“Give, give, give.”

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