Another year, another $7,000 has been raised for mental-health and sexual assault counselling agencies in Kamloops.
The Cutober fundraiser was launched last year by Kamloops resident Nathaniel Martin to collect money for the Kamloops Sexual Assault Counselling Centre (KSACC) and the Kamloops branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).
This year’s fundraiser brought in just north of $7,000 for the organizations to split, Martin told KTW. Last year, the campaign raised about $7,400.
Of the money raised last month, about $5,000 came from a group effort at Teck’s Highland Valley Copper mine near Logan Lake, where Martin works.
The rest was donated by members of the public who made donations, purchased Cutober merchandise and attended the Oct. 2 live haircuts event at Aberdeen Mall, where six dads got new dos from their kids.
The fundraiser sees parental participants receive a unique haircut from their children and pledge to sport it through November — one minute for every dollar raised during the month of October.
Martin started Cutober with his daughter in October 2020 as a way to raise funds for and awareness of mental-health stigmas and domestic violence amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We may not know the clients’ names or faces that the KSACC or CMHA will help with these funds, but the point was we know they’re out there waiting to be heard, and the kids and these dads hope that this will help open a few doors for them,” Martin said an email.
“Until next October, be kind and patient, maybe hold a door or two, buy a stranger a coffee or simply stop and offer a family with taking a picture their phone to avoid those awkward selfie shots — it might just make all the difference.”