Fulfills promise from lost challenge
© Darrell Cole - Amherst Daily News
Amherst Mayor Robert Small looks on as Trish Brown colours his hair purple. The mayor lost a challenge to Brown's son, Colson, who raised more than $1,000 for charity.
AMHERST – Robert Small is ready for the purple jokes.
“Oh man, it’s going to be a long few days,” Small joked Thursday after having his hair coloured, fulfilling a promise he made after losing a bet to 10-year-old Colson Brown. “It’s for a good cause though. I challenged him to raise $1,000 and he doubled it. I’ll make sure to keep quiet next time, or make the amount much higher.”
Small was in good spirits as Colson’s mother, Trish, coloured his gray hair at her Anson Avenue hair salon.
“Actually it doesn’t look that bad,” Small quipped.
Several weeks ago, during Amherst’s volunteer recognition ceremony, the mayor commented on Brown’s purple hair. The minor hockey player had coloured his hair for the SEDMHA tournament in Halifax.
The mayor told Brown he liked his hair and said he would colour his hair purple if the 10-year-old raised $1,000 for charity. Brown accepted the challenge and raised more than $2,000 – with large donations coming from the Amherst Lions Club, of which Small is a longtime member, and IMP, where he is an executive.
While the mayor’s hair was having a makeover, Brown was in the background watching and critiquing Small’s new look.
“Not bad,” Brown said when asked what he thought. “Not as good as mine, though.”
Brown had a purple strip put back in his hair to show his support for the mayor and Friday’s Relay for Life at the Robb Centennial Complex.
The money Brown raised was combined with money raised by the Amherst Youth Town Council team for the relay that kicks off Friday afternoon and continues until early Saturday morning.
The mayor will be attending the relay with his new hair colour and will also be sporting his new doo on Saturday when the Amherst Lions Club hosts its 59th charter night.
Small is not sure how long the purple will stay in his hair, although he admitted he was hoping it would be something he could spray on and wash out.
Brown’s mother said it would eventually wash out.