The executive director of the Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre has shaved her head to raise money for the Red Deer facility.
Monica Morrison had her head sheared Friday to raise $11,535.
“When I first looked in the mirror, I thought, ‘Oh my God, what did I do?’” Morrison said with a laugh.
“But as you’re walking, you can feel the air graze across the top of your scalp … I was laying down last night thinking about it, and it actually feels invigorating. It’s an interesting feeling. It’s like you’re free.”
Morrison said it was “very exciting” to raise so much money for the centre.
“We were overwhelmed by the generosity of people. For us, it kind of shows the Golden Circle plays an important part in people’s lives,” Morrison said, adding she couldn’t thank the community enough.
The money raised is important to the centre, which is still operating outreach programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, Morrison said.
“We’ve lost revenue … with programs being cancelled and our dining room closed. Those generate operating dollars to keep the doors open. This won’t replace everything, but it will help with that,” she said.
“We have all the staff working, and we have to pay for the lights, hydro and gas. And we have to cook the frozen meals.”
The head-shaving event marked the end of Seniors Week.
Central Albertans recently celebrated the staff and volunteers of the Golden Circle as they work through the pandemic.
Many gathered in the parking lot on May 29 to applaud, wave and dance as a way to pay tribute to those still working.
The Golden Circle is preparing and delivering an average of 350 to 400 frozen meals a week – sometimes as many as 600 a week. Additionally, staff members are still doing wellness checks during the pandemic.
The centre recently set up a telephone-friendly visiting program as a way to connect with seniors stuck at home. About 30 volunteers are participating in the telephone program and delivering groceries and frozen meals.
Donations can still be made to the Golden Circle by calling 403-343-6074.