Mayor Small to get purple hair

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10-year-old raises $2,125 for Relay for Life

Amherst Mayor Robert Small is about to get purple hair after minor hockey player Colson Brown raised more than $2,000 for next week's Relay for Life. The mayor challenged him to raise $1,000 for charity.

AMHERST – Amherst Mayor Robert Small is about to have a makeover.

The final figure is in and 10-year-old Colson Brown easily surpassed the challenge of raising $1,000 for Relay for Life by amassing donations totaling $2,125.

Combined with Amherst Youth Town Council pledges of $355 and two fundraisers of $618.20, the total raised is $3,098.70.

“Purple power,” the grey-haired Small said after learning Brown had met his challenge. “I guess I’m going to have purple hair next week. I just hope I can find the stuff that gets it out afterwards.”

Several weeks ago during the town’s volunteer reception, the mayor saw Brown accepting an award on behalf of his father, Colin, for his work with minor hockey. Brown was sporting purple hair after his hockey team attended the SEDMHA tournament in Halifax.

The mayor said he’d colour his hair purple if Colson raised $1,000 for charity. The challenge was quickly met and Brown began receiving pledges from family members and people in the community.

With his sister being a member of the Amherst Youth Town Council, the minor hockey player decided to raise the money for the council’s Relay for Life team.

The campaign was assisted by a pair of $600 donations from employees at IMP Aerospace, where Small is an executive, and the Amherst Lions Club, of which the mayor is a member.

“There were a lot of donations from people in the community, who read the story in the paper and don’t know Colson. They wanted to help,” Jenn Borne of the Community and Economic Development Department said. “The mayor’s relatives also made donations while Colson’s mother is a hairdresser and collected pledges.”

A date has yet to be set for colouring the mayor’s hair but it’s believed it will take place next week after he returns from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities meeting in British Columbia.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell


Organizations: Amherst Youth Town Council, IMP Aerospace, Amherst Lions Club Economic Development Department Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Geographic location: Halifax, British Columbia

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