When Cody Kusch sat on the executive board of the Seafair Minor Hockey Association, he introduced a number of community initiatives that raised much-needed funds and increased awareness.
Now as a member of the newly-minted Richmond Jets (an amalgamation of Seafair and Richmond), he’s anxious to do more of the same.
As the Jets’ first official community function, a head shaving and hair donation event will be held Saturday, June 23 at Steveston Barbers and Shay’s Hair Studio.
Everyone in the family (fathers, mothers, sons and daughters) is encouraged to come out and support the fundraiser which will begin at 3:45 p.m. In its seven-year history, with the support of many Jets’ families, the event has raised more than $75,000 in support of BC Children’s Hospital.
Kusch sees the fundraiser as an opportunity to “nurture our kids’ charity minds early.”
“While our boys and girls are healthy enough to still play hockey, and sometimes worry about not making it to a banner game, other kids at the hospital sometimes worry about their next chemo therapy appointment,” he says. “We are what we do. There is a special bonding that occurs when our boys and girls see us do what we preach. Rubbing each other’s bald heads and donating hair is fun. The visual is long lasting and so are the feelings. Just ask the 100-plus kids who have taken part in the last six years. Let’s make this year the year we break the $100,000 mark.”