Shave anytime, anywhere!

February 14, 2017 by admin

By Alicia Quann, fund development manager

Ever wonder what exactly a Solo Shave is? Well, wonder no more! I’m going to highlight the ins and outs of a Solo Shave and reflect on some of my favorite ideas from the 2016 Shave season.

A Solo Shave is a private event held by an individual who chooses to not participate in a public event. A Solo Shave is held at the participant’s chosen date, time, and location. Whether there are no public Shaves happening in your area, or you just can’t wait to shed some locks, a Solo Shave could be just what you’re looking for! Here’s how to get started:

  1. Select the month you want to Shave and register here.
  2. Set a fundraising goal and start collecting donations! I’ll email you after you register to make sure we have all your personal details right so we can mail you your official Shave for the Brave toque!
  3. Set up your Shave! Pick the date, time, and location. You can book an appointment at your favourite salon or barbershop, or plan to have your family and friends over to your house for the “mane” event! Just remember to have someone there with some razor skills so they can give you your awesome new haircut!
  4. Take tons of pictures and send them to me! We love to see and hear all about the shaves that are happening!

Get creative!

Solo Shaves are what you make of them. You could host your Solo Shave at your next birthday party, family pot luck, or even at a baby shower!  Maybe you can host it at your favorite restaurant or club, or at an event being held in your community. The possibilities are endless, and I love to see what new and exciting ideas Shavers have to make their Shave Day stand out!

So what are you waiting for? Register for your Solo Shave online and keep us here at YACC HQ in the loop about what you’re planning. We can’t wait to see what the 2017 Solo Shavers have in store for us!


By Alicia Quann, fund development manager

Here’s a sample of the online fundraising page!

The 2017 Shave ball is just getting rolling, and we wanted to make sure you had all the latest info on how to make this year one of the most fun, most successful, most memorable years to date!


Online fundraising

It’s not mandatory for Shavers to register online, but we love it when you do. Here’s why:

  1. You get a personal fundraising web page on our site when you register online. From there, you are able to add your own pictures to your page and share your story and reasons for signing up to Shave for the Brave!
  2. Fundraising page perk 1: You can share it with your friends and family members via email or social media. You can even link your fundraising page to your Facebook account to let it post notifications when you get new donations and hit fundraising milestones!
  3. Fundraising page perk 2: Your friends and family can make donations online which is super easy for the donor and Shaver; there are no pledge sheets to organize or cash to collect, and the donor receives their tax receipt instantly!
  4. Registering online makes sure we have your contact info so we can send you important updates and thank yous to remind you of how awesome you are!
  5. Watching your fundraising total reach your goal — and seeing your name climb the national leaderboard — is addicting!


Pledge sheets

We know some of you still prefer paper pledge sheets, and some of you like to use them with your online fundraising pages, so here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Make sure to record every donation on your pledge sheet.
  2. If your donors would like a tax receipt for their donations of over $20, make sure to include their full name and full mailing address INCLUDING the postal code. We can’t issue the receipt without that info.
  3. Tax receipts will be emailed automatically to donors ONLY IF we have their full mailing address in addition to their email address. Our software won’t issue a receipt without the full mailing address.
  4. Print clearly! We have to enter the pledge sheet info manually, and if we are unable to read the name, donation amount, and mailing address, we won’t be able to issue a tax receipt.
  5. Tell us who you are! We receive a surprising number of pledge sheets that don’t include the name of the Shaver! We want to make sure you are accurately recognized for your hard work with the appropriate place on the leaderboard, but we can’t do that if we don’t know who you are. This is especially important if you didn’t register online as your pledge sheets are the only record you Shaved.

That’s it for now! Do you have any other tips we should share about fundraising pages and pledge sheets? Email!

Hockey NL has its head into it!

January 18, 2017 by admin

Hockey NL and Shave for the Brave are proud to announce their partnership for the fourth year in a row! Back in 2013, Hockey NL president Jack Lee set the goal of seeing 500 hockey heads shaved and we think this fourth year is going to see some massive milestones — we’re only 76 heads away from the target!

The partnership with Hockey NL and Shave for the Brave has done some tremendous things:

  • Hockey NL has held 34 Shaves and raised $132,000 raised in three years!
  • In 2016, Hockey NL Shaves supported 125,610 web visits to from people looking to connect with young adults dealing with cancer, their stories, and their wisdom.
  • We also connected 483 young adults through casual, fun, and local social events hosted throughout the year in six major Canadian cities and transformed 113 young adults through Retreat Yourself and the Survivor Conference thanks to funds you raised.

This year, Hockey NL has offered to sweeten the deal by offering a Hockey NL Development Camp to one of its Shavers! To be eligible for this prize, all you have to do is sign up to Shave for the Brave with your hockey association before May 2017!

If your association has any questions about Shave for the Brave or wants to get in on the action, contact Alicia at or (709) 700-0076.

Don’t wait too long, now’s your chance to get your head into the Shave!

Mealy Mountain Collegiate in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL held their first Shave for the Brave on December 21, 2016 before heading out for the holiday break!

Nine shavers went under the razor, including teacher and Head Hunter David Rumbolt. Many of the students decided to participate in the Shave by cutting and donating at least 10 inches of hair which we’ll send this hair off to Wigs for Kids in Toronto!

Together the shavers raised almost $6,000!

Huge high five to all the shavers, teachers, and supporters.

All photos submitted by David Rumbolt

Happy holidays!

December 22, 2016 by admin

We just wanted to send a little note before the holidays to thank you once again for Shaving for the Brave young adults dealing with cancer this year. Shave for the Brave continues to be our largest fundraiser, providing the funds for many of local, national, and digital support programs. Thank you for staying connected and for continuing to believe in our mission to support young adults as they live with, through, and beyond cancer. To be the connection to peers, bridge out of isolation, and source of inspiration. Any cancer, any stage, YACC’s got their backs.

Warmest wishes,
The YACC team

P.S. We hope you’re pumped for the 2017 Shave season!

Faith Hurley pays it forward

December 7, 2016 by admin

Faith Hurley donated 14 inches of hair and raised over $788 with her Solo Shave in October!

Her mom, Renée, said, “Faith was so happy to do such a great thing for someone who will have to suffer so much at such a young age.”

Renée says their family has experienced many medical challenges, including Faith’s own open heart surgery in Montreal at four months old.

“We know what it’s like to have people come together and help out in times of need!”

Huge high five to Faith for signing up, Renée for encouraging her daughter and providing such a great example, and all their supporters for their generous donations. We really appreciate everything you have done.

Thank you to Megan Morgan of Upper Cuts in Spaniards Bay, NL for providing Faith’s new haircut!

Instant karma at the Janeway

October 14, 2016 by admin


On Friday, October 7, staff from the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. John’s, NL Shaved for the Brave in support of Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC). Coincidentally, the Shave took place as 12 young adult cancer survivors participated in Retreat Yourself Adventure, based in Rocky Harbour, NL.


Jordan Bishop was one of those participants. Despite being diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2010 at age 19, older than the typical Janeway cutoff, his medical team determined Jordan was best treated at the children’s hospital.

“I was often 10-15 years older than most of the other patients,” said Jordan, now at his second professionally-facilitated YACC event. “I often felt isolated. YACC provides amazing programs which allow young adult cancer survivors to connect with others. I can’t even describe the difference that made in my life.”


Head Hunter and Shaver Kathryn Nichol decided she wanted to Shave in memory of her family members who had battled with cancer in the past, two of whom were young adults. Kathryn’s sister, Michelle Parrrell, not only supported her by attending the event, she also raised money and Shaved with her sister!

“Shaving for the Brave is something my sister, Michelle, and I had talked about doing for quite some years,” said Nichol. “Our team, The Janeway Braves, are delighted that we had this opportunity. It was an awesome experience that we’ll never forget.”


Janeway staff members Blair Stockley and Jimmy Lacey also got in on the action. Jimmy decided he was going to participate just that morning and raised over $300 in 40 minutes by making the rounds to his colleagues. Coworkers, friends, and family members gathered around the Ship Stage on Friday afternoon to cheer on and support the four Shavers who raised over $2,700 together.

Big thanks to all the Shavers and staff at the Janeway for their support, and to hairstylist Joy Short for giving the Shavers a top notch hair cut!


Submitted photos

Justine Shaves for the second time

October 4, 2016 by admin


Justine Howard raised over $1,100 with her second Shave for the Brave on September 23, 2016.

An average of 23 people in their late teens, 20s, and 30s are diagnosed with cancer in Canada each day. Things like school, work, relationships, and raising young families are put on hold as they quickly enter a new, unfamiliar world full of tests and scans, chemo, radiation, isolation, and facing the end of their lives just as they’re getting started.

On her online fundraising page, Justine said, “The courage and strength of these young people , of my peers, is something I deeply respect and admire. Getting a hair cut is just a little thing I can do to support them on their path to recovery.”

Money raised through Shave for the Brave supports digital, social, and professionally-facilitated programs to help young adults make the best of the rest of their lives after cancer. Visit Young Adult Cancer Canada’s website to learn more.

Huge thank you to Justine and everyone who supported her latest Shave!


Submitted photos

Smith sisters hold September Shave

September 27, 2016 by admin


Submitted photos

Inga and Heather Shaved for the Brave at an event held at the Lions Den in Clarenville on September 17, 2016. They had live music and collected donations at the door before professional hair stylists Shaved the sisters’ heads. According to their online fundraising page, Inga had Shaved three years ago and had been growing her hair since to make sure it was long enough to donate to Wigs 4 Kids, but it was Heather’s first trip under the clippers!

The Smith family has been greatly affected by cancer — Inga and Heather’s father is currently undergoing treatment — but their family members were mostly able to live well and fully before cancer threw wrenches in their lifestyles. They said they wanted to raise money to help young adults have life experiences they might potentially miss out on due to their diagnoses.

Huge high five to Inga and Heather for taking on this unforgettable good deed and raising over $3,350 in support of programs and services designed to help young adults live and love life.

NLC has YACC’s back

September 21, 2016 by admin


L-R: Jason Chiasson, Michelle Taylor, Uriel Kieley, Mr. Steven Winter, Renee Morgan, Mary Dawe, Tracy Lewis, Amanda Lannon, Geoff Eaton, Kevin Kelley

During the 2016 Shave for the Brave season, 18 employees and friends from seven Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC) locations across the province answered the call of the pride and shaved their heads in support of Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC).

YACC executive director Geoff Eaton accepted their $6,800 donation at the NLC head office in St. John’s on September 20, 2016.

Big thanks to all the Shavers, organizers, and supporters for your continued commitment to helping young adults dealing with cancer in Canada!

YACC’s mission is to support young adults as they live with, through, and beyond cancer. To be the connection to peers, bridge out of isolation, and source of inspiration. Any cancer, any stage, YACC’s got their backs.

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