Politicians in Grey County are using the beards they've grown during the pandemic to raise money for Grey Bruce Health Services.
The event is called "Beards for Bucks" and is in support of the hospital's COVID-19 Critical Response Fund.
Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Alex Ruff says many politicians in the riding began growing beards when the pandemic began with the aim of raising money for something, "We settled on the Owen Sound regional hospital fund" says Ruff.
You can pledge a donation for any, or all of the following participants:
Alex Ruff, MP
Bill Walker MPP
Ian Boddy, Owen Sound Mayor
Richard Thomas, Owen Sound City Councillor
Travis Dodd, Owen Sound City Councillor
Scott Greig, Owen Sound City Councillor
John Woodbury, Township of Southgate Mayor
Selwyn Hicks, Hanover Deputy Mayor
Aakash Desai, Grey Highlands Deputy Mayor
For Ruff, there are a few standout participants, one being MPP Bill Walker, "Bill has never had a beard in his life. His mother who has passed away never allowed him to have one, because I guess his older brothers have had it in the past. So Bill thought he'd give it a go," says Ruff.
He adds, "If you take a good look at Ian Boddy...Ian looks a little bit like Donald Sutherland now. I think it's given him an interesting look."
His favourite beard belongs to Grey Highlands Deputy Mayor Aakash Desai, "I have a feeling his is likely, definitely the sharpest looking beard and he can grow it, I think almost overnight"
Meanwhile, the beard Ruff would most like to see go is Owen Sound councillor Travis Dodd's beard, "I've personally donated to have Travis shave his beard because it is one of the most awful beards I've ever seen in my life," jokes Ruff.
Meanwhile, Owen Sound Mayor Ian Boddy says "I think right now, I'm leading in the money and I'm pretty confident that it's becasue my wife is probably sneaking money in there to try and get rid of mine."
The shaving event is set for July 11th, at 10 a.m. with shaving materials supplied by Mane Street Hair Salon.
"We're still working the details," says Ruff noting Mane Street Salon has volunteered to provide the necessary tools to shave their beards, but they're still looking at how the actual event will go.
The hospital foundation says to be sure to comment in the donation form which person you would like to pledge for.
You can donate at www.oshfoundation.ca/beards/
Or Call 519-372-3925
I agree that it’s time for the beard to go. Please donate to this worthy cause https://t.co/JtMt7MSoLv Critical Response Fund: #COVID19. Even if you think I should keep my beard, donate so Councillor Travis Dodd shaves his!! @OSHFoundation @billwalkermpp @ian_boddy @DeputyDesai https://t.co/zKhA7i1jxS pic.twitter.com/rsvnTy4umO— Alex Ruff (@AlexRuff17) June 19, 2020