No Shave November Raises Nearly $30,000

Dec 05, 2018
Courtesy of: Harvey Cedars Police Department

Last year, the Harvey Cedars Police Department participated in its first ever “No Shave November” campaign, aimed at bringing awareness and funding for cancer prevention, education and research. Each officer went through the entire month without shaving, hoping to raise cancer awareness. Upon completion of the campaign, the department had raised $9,610 for the Joan Karnell Supportive Care Program at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.

Police Chief Robert Burnaford said that this year, the borough partnered with all Long Beach Island police departments along with the Barnegat Police Department to raise funds for David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation to raise awareness and funding for cancer prevention, education and research. Based in Stafford Township, the foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to provide financial assistance, wellness services and hope to families affected by a cancer diagnosis.

Burnaford said that as of Dec. 1, nearly $30,000 had been raised.

“I would expect that the amount will rise because donations will still be coming in early in the month,” he said.

Burnaford said that Nov. 30, the campaign ended with a “Shave the Date” event at The Arlington restaurant in Ship Bottom. Ryan’s Barber Shop and Shave Parlor and Carmello’s Barber Shop were on hand to buzz and trim hair.

No Shave November began in 2009 on Facebook, but last year began a partnership with the American Cancer Society.

“The idea behind it was that seeing officers with facial hair was a little unusual because normally they’re clean cut,” said Burnaford. “People might ask an officer what was happening, and that gave the officer an opportunity to talk about cancer awareness.”

People are still welcome to donate through https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/SHAVETHEDATE. —E.E.

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