Loyd Cszimadia is willing to shave these lovely locks to raise funds for cancer victims.

Loyd Cszimadia is willing to shave these lovely locks to raise funds for cancer victims.

Columneetza teacher sacrifices locks for cancer patients

Loyd Cszimadia, a teacher at Columneetza Secondary School, made a decision about a year ago to grow his hair out.

Loyd Cszimadia, a teacher at Columneetza Secondary School, made a decision about a year ago to grow his hair out.

His plan was to then cut his long hair and donate the shorn locks to be made into wigs that are used by cancer patients who lose their hair while taking chemotherapy treatment.

For more than a year Cszimadia has grown his once short hair long — so long that he now wears it in a ponytail.

Cszimadia decided that an even greater contribution would be to have his head shaved bald after it is cut as a way of  raising money for Cops for Cancer.

So he added a new provision to this goal.

Cszimadia challenged students at the school to raise $1,000. And, if they do so by May 24, he will go ahead with his plans to have his head shaved.

The CCS leadership class took up the torch and started raising money, one toonie at a time.

The First Nations Department decided to sell bannock and donate the proceeds.

The stakes went higher, when Ryan Hanley, another teacher at Columneetza donated $50. and challenged his colleagues to do the same. So far the response has been enthusiastic.

Anyone in the public who wishes to donate to ensure Cszimadia  reaches his goal is asked to help by dropping by the school and making a tax deductible donation.

We will set up an assembly so that everyone can cheer “Mr. C” on as he has his beautiful curls removed!

We can do it! Bald is beautiful and this is a beautiful event.

Sharon Smith

is a counsellor at CSS.