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Hair Donation Ottawa

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Contact Information
Office Phone 613-737-2781
Primary Contact Katherine Craig, Community Engagement Coordinator & HDO Planning Committee Member, CHEO Foundation; Email:
Alternate Contact Lydia Blanchard, Director, Community Engagement & HDO Planning Committee Member, CHEO Foundation; Phone: 613-738-4336
Address & Map
CHEO Foundation
415 Smyth Rd
Ottawa, ON K1H 8M8
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Mailing Address c/o Hair Donation Ottawa 
Caralyn's Wig & Hair Design 
1568 Merivale Rd, Unit 3 
Ottawa, ON K2G 3J9
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Description & Services
Description (Service) Annual cancer research fundraiser where people raise pledges for donating hair or shaving their heads * complimentary wash, cut and style, or shave during the event * hair is cut or shaved by volunteer hairstylists from local salons * teaching staff and students from Algonquin College's Hair Stylist Program help with the shampooing * main event is held at Algonquin College  
Proceeds go towards: 
* cancer research at The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute 
* two annual $500 Bursaries to financially challenged Algonquin College Hair Stylist Program students 
* suitable hair donations go towards the manufacture and fitting of approximately ten free human hair and/or synthetic hair wigs a year for financially challenged local children; in partnership with Caralyn's Hair & Wig Design, Ottawa. 
* hair unsuitable for wig-making process is sent to Green Circle Salons for hair recycling projects which includes Hair Booms for oil spills on the world’s beaches, lakes and oceans 
* manufacture and supply of a free trendy head scarf for every CHEO patient requiring one
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 an-4:30 pm
Areas Served Ottawa (City of) - and surrounding area
Eligibility Hair donation: minimum six inches of hair (no minimum length if the head is shaved) during the fundraiser * minimum donation of 12 inches of hair outside the fundraising event, or six inches if accompanied by a fundraising campaign * treated and grey hair acceptable * hair previously cut is accepted if it has been stored in a ponytail or a braid  
Providing children 18 years and under with hair loss due to cancer treatments, alopecia, burns, etc with a free wig * family must not have medical insurance 
Bursary: Hair Stylist Program students at Algonquin College in need of financial assistance
Application Registration for the fundraiser is made through the website: 
Hair donations: place dry and properly tied hair in an envelope or plastic bag and include information on the length of hair donated, donor's name, address, date of birth, and e-mail address * donations can be dropped off at the fundraising event or can be mailed to: 
Hair Donation Ottawa 
1568 Merivale Road, Unit 3 
Ottawa ON K2G 3J9 
Visit website for additional information
Languages English ; French
Fees None ; Minimum fundraising levels: $75 for individuals 17 years and under * $150 for individuals 18 years and older (2019)
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Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 2011
Funding Fundraising
Date Updated 16 Sep 2019
Service Categories Appearance Enhancement Consultation Programs ~ Children ; Fundraising Campaigns ; Natural Hair/Wig Donation Programs ; Prosthetics/Orthotics/Seating ~ Children ~ Alopecia ; Prosthetics/Orthotics/Seating ~ Children ~ Burns ; Prosthetics/Orthotics/Seating ~ Children ~ Cancer

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