Next month, if you see a police officer on Long Beach Island sporting some extra chin growth, don’t be surprised. All Island police departments are participating in the “No Shave November” campaign, which is aimed at bringing awareness and funding for cancer prevention, education and research.
The agencies are partnering with David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation. Based in Stafford Township, the foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to provide financial assistance, wellness services and hope to families affected by a cancer diagnosis.
“Having the officers in this campaign is huge for us,” said Danielle Corso, foundation executive director. “We’re very thankful for more police departments in the campaign and the business, as well.”
Last year, the campaign raised $30,000.
Robert Burnaford, Harvey Cedars police chief, said “No Shave November” is a national movement, created by the Movember Foundation to raise funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer, and mental health for men.
“The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free,” the website says. “Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.”
Burnaford said seeing officers with mustaches and beards is bound to draw curiosity.
“Officers are normally clean shaven,” he said. “They usually have strict codes when it comes to hair growth. So when people ask about the extra hair growth, officers will tell them about cancer awareness and prevention.”
On Friday, Nov. 1, the campaign will begin with a kickoff reception at Hotel LBI in Ship Bottom from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The campaign ends with a “Shave the Date” event at The Arlington restaurant in Ship Bottom on Friday, Nov. 29, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The fee is $25 for shave or haircut and $35 for a combo shave and haircut.
For more information, email DDBCF Executive Director Dani Corso at firstname.lastname@example.org.