Rick Vreeman, of Advance Cut Barbershop gives Williams Lake RCMP Const. Taylor Callens a new look after Callens and Williams Lake Indian Band Chief Willie Sellars completed a friendly Movember challenge, raising just over $8,500. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

VIDEO: Williams Lake duo raises $8,500 for Movember

Chief Willie Sellars and Const. Taylor Callens received two last-minute donations of $1,000 and $1,100 on Dec. 1

A First Nations Chief and RCMP constable in Williams Lake raised just over $8,500 for Movember after enjoying a friendly competition.

Williams Lake Indian Band Chief Willie Sellars, who was elected in August, and Const.Taylor Callens, who became a celebrity this fall when he garnered second place on The Amazing Race Canada, launched a friendly competition for the campaign.

They vowed from the get-go whoever raised the most would have the opportunity to watch the other one have their head shaved.

By Nov. 30 Sellars had raised the most money.

Callens and Taylor gathered at Advance Cut Barbershop and Hair Salon for Callens’ head shave, but when customer Roger Gysel finished getting his hair cut and pledged $1,000 then and there, Sellars decided he would get his head shaved as well because their total was almost $7,500.

After the shearing, Callens and Sellars said they were thankful for the donations.

“This is nothing, compared to what other people go through,” Callens said of getting his head shaved.

On Monday Sellars said Callens recieved a late $1,100-donation, bringing their total to just over $8,500.

Read more: VIDEO: Callens and Sellars commit to Movember campaign

Here Callens and Sellars talk to the Tribune just before the campaign started.

Read more: VIDEO: Mo Bros Callens and Taylor close to achieving Movember Challenge goals

And again, when we tuned in with them a week before the campaign was completed.

There were some other Cariboo residents who participated including Williams Lake Stampede President Tim Rolph who raised $1,077.

Rolph said it was his third time doing the Movember challenge and when asked if he was keeping his moustache, said “no.

“I shaved it off last evening,” he told the Tribune Monday.

Tammy-Lee Isnardy helped Rolph’s campaign by collecting $1 per minute from patients that arrived late to her body work salon for a massage.

“I also collected non-guilt donations as well for a total of $217.15 towards Tim’s fund,” Isnardy said.

Central Cariboo Search and Rescue auto-ex assistant captain Adam Duffy also raised $1,520.

“I’m raising funds and awareness this Movember for all the dads, brothers, sons and mates in our lives,” Duffy noted as the motivation for his campaign.

The final numbers are not in for the Movember challenge in Canada as of yet, but the organization’s website notes it is the leading charity change the face of men’s health by addressing issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.



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