Bonavista-Trinity hockey players shave for the brave

Published on April 7, 2017

“It makes me feel great to raise so much money, it makes me feel bad that there’s so many young adults with cancer,” says nine-year-old Noah Butt.

Amanda Barnes starting the shave for her son, Noah.
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Noah’s words captured the sentiments of the members of the Bonavista-Trinity Minor Hockey Association (BTMHA) this past Wednesday, and every year for four years, as they participated in Young Adult Cancer Canada’s (YACC) Shave for the Brave.
There were six participants in this year’s event at Cabot Stadium — along with a bonus member — and many organizers, parents, teammates, and perennial “head hunter” Peggy White, cheering them on.
The participants this year, who raise money for YACC before facing the clippers, included: Ryan Pearce, Benjamin Durdle, Noah Butt, Ryan Marsh and cancer survivor Blake Shelley. Atom hockey player Charlie Russell also raised money for the cause, but planned to do the shave later when he couldn’t make the event on Wednesday.
In Noah’s case, he decided to participate because he says they’ve lost some close friends and family to cancer.
“I really want to try and find a cure (because) I don’t want to lose more people,” he told TC Media.
He also made a special deal with his mom, Rev. Amanda Barnes, if he raised $1,000, she would participate too.
Noah says generous donations from local people helped him achieve his goal.
Sure enough, come Wednesday, Barnes was a special addition to the event.
Noah and Charlie were also two members of the BTMHA Atom team that did the shave for their “Golden Jersey moment”, a McDonald’s competition which awards teamwork through acts of positive impacts on and off the ice.
And the annual Shave for the Brave by the BTMHA certainly has a positive impact since 2014, not only for YACC but as a generous group of young people working together and celebrating teamwork.
And White says she’s already looking forward to year number five.
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