Alex Dobson-Dean gives a small grin while having his legs waxed last week at Murray Beach Provincial Park in Murray Corner. The 19 year-old Cape Tormentine man took up the challenge of having his legs waxed and head shaved, to raise money for the IWK Children's Hospital in Halifax. The event raised $444, contributed by co-workers and park campers. LEBLANC PHOTO
MURRAY CORNER, NB – It certainly wasn’t a hair-raising event, in fact, it was the opposite. A young Cape Tormentine man sacrificed the hair on his head – and that on his legs as well – in support of a very worthy charity.
Last Tuesday at Murray Beach Provincial Park in Murray Corner, a crowd of family, friends and fellow park staff gathered to watch as Alex Dobson-Dean got his hair shaved and his legs waxed, an event he organized as a fund-raiser for the IWK Children’s Hospital in Halifax.
The 19 year-old, who has been employed for the summer at the provincial park, said last week that the event came to pass as a result of several weeks of teasing and general camaraderie among the park staff.
“I guess I’ve been harassing all the staff (during the past couple months) and it just got onto how much it would take for me to wax my legs. I said $50 a leg, but it has to go to charity and it just went on from there,” he said.
Dobson-Dean said he chose the IWK because his little brother and a cousin had spent time having medical treatment at the Halifax hospital.
“I just thought it would be a good way to kind of give back for the good care they got there,” he said.
Prior to the waxing event, Dobson-Dean said he wasn’t worried about going through with waxing of his legs from toes to above-the-knee.
“I’m not going to feel anything, it’s going to be great,” he said.
However, although brave to the end, a few moans and groans could be heard throughout the ‘ordeal’.
The leg waxing was done by professional aesthetician Leticia Arsenault of Salon Aesthetique Arsenault in Cap Pelé, who donated her time and supplies; while fellow co-worker Shirlee Smallwood wielded the clippers for the hair shaving.
Park permit issuer supervisor Shelley Mallery admitted Dobson-Dean was a good sport to undertake the entire event.
“Alex is a good sport; he can dish it out, but he can take it too. When he said he’d shave his legs for charity we took him up on the offer and it just snowballed from there,” she said.
Mallery said the entire staff as well as some of the tourists camping at the park got in on the event providing financial support for the initiative and stopping by for the shaving/waxing event.
“One couple, who are seasonal campers here, donated money and got the ball rolling. Since then staff and campers have been giving too. At last count we had collected $444, and that money will be sent directly to the IWK,” she said.
As for his new hair style, Dobson-Dean said it won’t bother him as he heads off to NB Community College in a couple weeks where he’ll begin studying to become an accountant.
“It’s OK, it’ll all grow back,” he said with a grin.