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These four will get their heads shaved. From left to right, Const. Trevor Shea, Const. Kyle Watson, Aurora College's criminal justice program co-ordinator Alana Mero and Staff Sgt. Al McCambridge. - Jason Unrau/NNSL photo

A shave for a good cause

Jason Unrau
Northern News Services

Inuvik (June 11/04) - Staff Sgt. Al McCambridge is ready to shave his head for a worthy cause, but if you want him to lose the mustache, you'd better open up your wallet a little wider.

"If somebody wants my mustache, that's going to cost extra," he said last week.

McCambridge, several of his law-enforcement colleagues, as well as other community members including Mayor Peter Clarkson, have pledged to shave their heads, June 18, at Jim Koe Park in what is turning into a fun way to raise money for the Canadian Unrelated Bone Marrow Donor Registry (UBMDR).

According to McCambridge, fundraising efforts began two weeks ago and all money will be donated to the UBMDR through the Bruce Denniston Bone Marrow Society.

In 1987, Denniston -- an RCMP constable from Powell River, BC -- was diagnosed with leukemia. Though a bone marrow donor was eventually found, Denniston was unable to survive his transplant because he was in the advanced stages of his illness.

Aurora College Criminal Justice Program Co-ordinator Alana Mero, one of several women taking up the challenge, blames a bet she made with McCambridge on the outcome of the television series Survivor for losing her locks.

"We were in a Survivor pool and I had a side bet with Al going, so we channelled it into this," she said.

Now both are engaged in a head-to-head fundraising battle. However, they will have a tough time surpassing lawyer Candace Seddon-Davies who, as of last weekend, had more than $2,000 in pledges.

At the town office, the mayor -- also on board for the event -- was spotted admiring his mustache. When asked if he would be willing to shave it off in the name of charity, Clarkson took the same position as the sergeant.

"For the right price, I could let it go."