posted on Nov. 9: Students shave heads for cancer research at Yates Cup game


About 20 students – including five women – will shave their heads at Saturday's half-time
show of the Yates Cup championship game in a bid to raise money for children with cancer. (The Marauders take on the Ottawa Gee Gees at 1 p.m. at Les Prince Field.)

This is the culmination of the Shave for a Cure
campaign that has taken place over the past two weeks in which 20 students pledged to shave their heads, with all money raised being donated to the Canadian Cancer Society for pediatric cancer research.

This campaign is sponsored by Smiling Over Sickness (SOS), a student organization founded last year by students Arif Manji and Alisha Kassam. The group's mandate is to make sick
children smile.

Students volunteer in the Children's Hospital on a weekly basis,
organizing activities designed to allow sick children to interact with positive student role models. As well, the students have organized fundraisers on campus and in the community o raise money for causes related to sick children.

“We want to send the message out to the community that university students do care, and are willing
to sacrifice a great deal to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate,” said Arif Manji, co-ordinator of the Shave for a Cure.

“Furthermore, we want this event to
serve as a model to all high-school and post-secondary students that they do have the power to do something for others.”