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Hockey players grow beards for children

Fundraiser targets 50000

Members of a men’s recreational hockey team are growing their facial hair to raise money for the foundation that helps take care of sick children in the province.

Players on the Steamplant Hockey Club team will be sporting itchy, hot, unruly, in-your-face beards for six months. They started with clean-shaven faces on January 1, 2012 and their faces won’t feel a razor, shaver or scissors until the end of June.

The goal of Steamplant Beards for Kids is to raise $50,000 for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Team members are asking for pledges, donations and sponsorships. They will be holding monthly Beard Bashes to show off their progress and spread the excitement as well as a Shave Off Party on June 30.

Mark Stride, a spokesperson for the team, said the idea took hold after friends of his had twins born two months premature. “They were in children’s hospital for about three months,” he said. “We had just participated in Movember growing moustaches and did pretty good with that. We thought we could do something else, so we thought why not grow beards for six months and see what we can do?”

The team’s first Beard Bash takes place at 5 pm on Saturday, January 21 at TC’s Pub in Town Centre Hotel.

More information about the campaign can be found">online.

The team also has a Facebook page, Steamplant Beards for Kids, where members will post regular updates, including pictures of their progress.