Cindy Koszegi got first dibs on removing Kerry Burgher’s pink hair Nov. 6 in the Save-On-Foods parking lot. It was the final touch on an iteration of a fundraiser Burgher has done for decades in support of BC Cancer Foundation. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Cindy Koszegi got first dibs on removing Kerry Burgher’s pink hair Nov. 6 in the Save-On-Foods parking lot. It was the final touch on an iteration of a fundraiser Burgher has done for decades in support of BC Cancer Foundation. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Over $1,600 raised as Hope resident went from pink hair to bald in a day

Kerry Burgher’s ‘balding for dollars’ drew a dedicated crowd to Save-On-Foods parking lot

Kerry Burgher was at it again, walking around town in pink hair only to have it shorn off Nov. 6 in a parking lot, all in support of cancer research and care.

The Hope resident had to do things differently this year in his quest to support the BC Cancer Foundation, forgoing an event at the Silver Chalice in favour of an online fundraiser. There were just under a dozen spectators present for the ‘balding’ event, masked and physically distanced, which took place Friday afternoon in the parking lot of Save-On-Foods.

Several of those gathered had family and friends either going through a cancer diagnosis or treatment, or having passed away from the disease. And despite the difficulties of holding such an event during the COVID-19 pandemic – Burgher had to cancel a planned ‘balding’ at the Silver Chalice in April– he has kept this tradition going for decades.

“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.”

Burgher met his goal of $1,000 in donations and $670 raised from bidding on gift cards and services from local merchants.

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Kerry Burgher’s ‘balding for dollars’ fundraising gambit garnered a crowd of supporters and onlookers Nov. 6, as he had his pink hair removed. Funds raised go to the BC Cancer Foundation. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Kerry Burgher’s ‘balding for dollars’ fundraising gambit garnered a crowd of supporters and onlookers Nov. 6, as he had his pink hair removed. Funds raised go to the BC Cancer Foundation. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Hairstylist Shayla Ross swooped in to put the finishing touches on Kerry Burgher’s shave, replacing first shaver Cindy Koszegi, in the Save-On-Foods parking lot Nov. 6. Burgher went pink, then bald, in a fundraiser for cancer research and care. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Hairstylist Shayla Ross swooped in to put the finishing touches on Kerry Burgher’s shave, replacing first shaver Cindy Koszegi, in the Save-On-Foods parking lot Nov. 6. Burgher went pink, then bald, in a fundraiser for cancer research and care. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)