Cut-a-thon raises $9,000

Teen cuts hair after four-and-a-half years

Eclipze staff with Lions Club of Tropical Gardens at Sunday's Cut-a-thon to raise money for cancer awareness. - PHOTOS: MAGGIE JACKSON

Eclipze Hair Design’s Cut-a-thon over the weekend so far has raised $9,000 for breast cancer awareness.

Organizers said they have not finalized the tallied because not everyone has brought in their sponsorships and they are continuing to carry out sponsored services at the salon.

The Cut-a-thon at Camana Bay on Sunday “went really well and we were busy throughout the day with lots of people turning up for massages and manicures,” said Anneka Greenway, one of the organizers.

A young man who made his parents Roy and Tiffany Bush extremely proud by cutting 18 inches of hair from his head, said he “didn’t want to look,” while his locks were being snipped off.

Kai Bush squeezes his eyes shut as his dad Roy Bush starts to cut off his son’s hair. Kai grew his hair for four-and-a-half years before donating  18 inches of it to Locks of Love charity at Sunday’s Cut-a-thon.
Kai Bush squeezes his eyes shut as his dad Roy Bush starts to cut off his son’s hair. Kai grew his hair for four-and-a-half years before donating 18 inches of it to Locks of Love charity at Sunday’s Cut-a-thon.

Seventeen-year-old Kai Bush had been growing his hair for the past four-and-a-half years after seeing a picture of his father with a big “‘fro” and wanted one just like it, he said.

While he attended public school, he said, he was not allowed to grow his hair long, but as soon as he started home schooling, it was the perfect opportunity to be just like dad.

“When my hair started to get really long, a lady approached me and asked why I was growing my hair and if I wanted to donate it to charity,” Kai said. Although he told her he wasn’t growing it for charity, once he thought about it, he figured once he decided to cut his hair, it would be cool to give it to someone who needed it.

“Any young person who is afraid to cut their hair for charity, just do it, it’s for a good cause,” he said.

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Kai Bush checks out his new look.

Other volunteers who had 10 inches of their hair cut off for charity included Aimee Bothwell, Victoria Powery, Shakira Perera, Cynthia Powell, Vianna Cuevas-Ebanks and Anupama Adupa.

Proceeds from the 16th annual Cut-A-Thon will go to the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens’ Breast Cancer Awareness Fund to help provide education on early detection and to provide mammograms for men and women who are otherwise unable to afford them.

The hair will be donated to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children and to people under the age of 21 in the United States and Canada.

The event was started by the owner of Eclipze salon after losing a beloved aunt to cancer.

 

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