Cutting Hair for the Kids

by: BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Assistant

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MSU student-led, MAVATHON, is offering a day of free haircuts to support children in need.

The event, called Clips for Kids, will offer free haircuts by Campus Coiffures. Donations will be accepted for the haircuts as well and all proceeds benefit Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in Mankato (a donation of $10 is encouraged, but not required and any dollar amount helps).

“It received good feedback last year and a lot of the people in the community look forward to the event, so we thought we’d continue it and make it event that happens every year,” Anna Sunderman, Graduate Advisor for MAVATHON, said.

In addition to students and community members having the ability to donate to Gillette, they can also donate their hair. Greg Wilkins, Associate Director of the CSU and Student Activities, is encouraging students to donate 8 inches of their hair or more to give to an organization called Children With Hair Loss, which creates free wigs for kids who have lost their hair. It can take over 50 inches of hair to make a wig, so every chop of 8 inches is a big help!

Campus Coiffures stylist, Ken Bunde, giving a haircut at least year’s Clips for Kids event.

The fundraiser is a part of MAVATHON, a student-led group in charge of coordinating MSU’s Dance Marathon, a nationally renowned organization that hosts events on college and high school campuses to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. This will be the second year Campus Coiffures has offered to help with fundraising efforts.

“This is an event the [executive] board is really excited about,” Sunderman said.

The event is slated to take place Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the CSU Hearth Lounge. Students who aren’t able to make it to Clips for Kids, but still want to donate to MAVATHON can do so by making a donation to the MAVATHON Donor Drive.

MAVATHON’s campus-wide fundraising celebration event is set to take place Saturday, Feb. 23, from noon to 10 p.m. in the CSU. Students looking to participate in that event can sign up to join a team by visiting the registration page. Any further questions about Clips for Kids or for MAVATHON can be directed to Anna Sunderman at anna.sunderman@mnsu.edu.

You can also find out more information about MAVATHON by checking out this week’s Serendipitous Moments video.

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