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Purple hair in store for Mayor Small?

Amherst Mayor Robert Small and 10-year-old Colson Brown compare hairstyles after the mayor challenged Brown to raise $1,000. If he’s successful, the mayor will colour his hair purple. 


AMHERST – Purple hair could be in the future for Amherst’s mayor.

Ten-year-old Colson Brown has accepted a challenge from Robert Small to raise $1,000 for charity. If he’s successful, the grey-haired Small will colour his hair purple.

Brown is going to raise the money for the Amherst Youth Town Council’s Relay for Life team and he’s already a tenth of the way there.

“I’m going to do it,” said Brown, who went to Amherst town council’s April meeting on Monday to remind the mayor of his pledge. “I’m going to use Facebook and my friends to spread the word.”

Last week, while attending the town’s volunteer recognition ceremony, Brown accepted a volunteer award on behalf of his father, Colin, who was nominated by the Cumberland County Minor Hockey Association.

Noticing Brown, a member of the atom AA Ramblers, had coloured his hair for the SEDMHA hockey tournament, the mayor quipped that he would also colour his hair if Brown raised the money for charity.

Brown’s sister, Chelsea Borne, is a member of the Amherst Youth Town Council, which has entered a team in the 10th relay that’s set for June 6 at the Robb Centennial Complex.

Even though the end result may see the mayor’s hair from grey to purple, Small said he’s up for the challenge.

“I hope he makes it, it’s all for charity so that makes it worth doing,” the mayor said. “I saw him at the reception and I saw his hair. I told him if he raised the money I would colour my hair the same as his. The people all around him said that sounds like a challenge they could do.”

Small said he has no doubt Colson will raise the money. In fact, he’s hoping he does because it will represent more support for the Relay for Life.

As of Tuesday, Brown had raised $140.

To support him, people can go to the Relay for Life pledge page by going to: and clicking on his name.

Donations can also be made with the team’s co-ordinator Jenn Borne at Amherst town hall.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Amherst Youth Town Council, Cumberland County Minor Hockey Association

Geographic location: AMHERST

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  • IMP employee
    May 01, 2013 - 18:39

    Come to IMP and you will get some donations for the good cause!