Cut-A-Thon for diabetes cure draws significant crowd

Hair stylists Sheila Frayn (left) and her daughter and co-worker Kaylin Glanfield of Sheila’s Beauty Styles put clippers to hair on Oct. 25 during a Cut-A-Thon to raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Staff reporter

Despite just coming off a huge fundraising effort that contributed greatly to the community winning the title of Pinkest Town on the West, the residents of Rimbey continue to dig deep for local charitable causes, as was the case on Oct. 25 during a Cut-A-Thon held at Sheila’s Beauty Styles in support of the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Joining owner/operator Sheila Frayn for the event was co-stylist and daughter Kaylin Glanfield and combined, the two managed to perform a substantial amount of cuts throughout the day.

“The event went really, really well. We started at 9 in the morning and worked very hard all day long. In all, we did close to 50 cuts and a lot of people donated extra above the set rates and just gave what they felt they wanted to donate.” said Frayn who admitted she didn’t expect such a large turnout. “I was thrilled. It was a very worthwhile cause and I was overwhelmed with the response we got out of Rimbey, and it went very well.”

Frayn gave much credit to her daughter and fellow stylist for the effort along with two helpers including her daughter Jensen and work-experience student Tori Clement.

“Kaylin did an awesome job. She’s expecting very soon and worked really hard through the day, but she did a great job, even though she was on her feet most of the day,” Frayn said.

In all, $1,230 was raised, which will be forwarded to a cause very close to her.

“I wanted to do this because I’ve had to deal with diabetes in my family and extended family for years and it’s important to me to raise awareness and raise funds to help find a cure,” she said. “It’s overwhelming to live in this community. I’ve been in Rimbey my whole life and I just love it here. When someone has a hardship in their life, the people here come around and show their kindness and compassion, and it’s really wonderful.”

Of note, patron Bonnie Grundy of Rimbey made it a daily double by not only having her hair cut as part of the fundraiser, but she further donated the clippings to the Canadian Cancer Society, which uses human hair to make wigs for cancer patients.

As a result of the success of the event, Frayn added she is considering holding the fundraiser annually basis. The Cut-A-Thon was held in memory of Frayn’s late husband, Randy.

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