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Hair Donation Ottawa

Alternate Name Cancer Research Fundraiser ; HDO ; OCR ; Youth Wig Program
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa (City of)
Address & Map
CHEO Foundation
415 Smyth Rd
Ottawa, ON K1H 8M8
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Intersection Smyth Rd and Alta Vista Dr
Mailing Address c/o Hair Donation Ottawa 
Caralyn's Wig & Hair Design 
1568 Merivale Rd, Unit 3 
Ottawa, ON K2G 3J9
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Pay parking lot
Description and Services
Description (Service) Annual cancer research fundraiser where people raise pledges for donating hair or shaving their heads * complimentary wash, cut and style, or shave during the event * hair is cut or shaved by volunteer hairstylists from local salons * teaching staff and students from Algonquin College's Hair Stylist Program help with the shampooing * main event is held at Algonquin College  
Proceeds go towards: 
* cancer research at The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute 
* two annual $500 Bursaries to financially challenged Algonquin College Hair Stylist Program students 
* suitable hair donations go towards the manufacture and fitting of approximately ten free human hair and/or synthetic hair wigs a year for financially challenged local children; in partnership with Caralyn's Hair & Wig Design, Ottawa. 
* hair unsuitable for wig-making process is sent to Green Circle Salons for hair recycling projects which includes Hair Booms for oil spills on the world’s beaches, lakes and oceans 
* manufacture and supply of a free trendy head scarf for every CHEO patient requiring one
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 an-4:30 pm
Areas Served Ottawa (City of) - and surrounding area
Eligibility Hair donation: minimum six inches of hair (no minimum length if the head is shaved) during the fundraiser * minimum donation of 12 inches of hair outside the fundraising event, or six inches if accompanied by a fundraising campaign * treated and grey hair acceptable * hair previously cut is accepted if it has been stored in a ponytail or a braid  
Providing children 18 years and under with hair loss due to cancer treatments, alopecia, burns, etc with a free wig * family must not have medical insurance 
Bursary: Hair Stylist Program students at Algonquin College in need of financial assistance
Application Registration for the fundraiser is made through the website: 
Hair donations: place dry and properly tied hair in an envelope or plastic bag and include information on the length of hair donated, donor's name, address, date of birth, and e-mail address * donations can be dropped off at the fundraising event or can be mailed to: 
Hair Donation Ottawa 
1568 Merivale Road, Unit 3 
Ottawa ON K2G 3J9 
Visit website for additional information
Languages English ; French
Fees None ; Minimum fundraising levels: $75 for individuals 17 years and under * $150 for individuals 18 years and older (2019)
Service Categories Appearance Enhancement Consultation Programs ~ Children ; Fundraising Campaigns ; Natural Hair/Wig Donation Programs ; Prosthetics/Orthotics/Seating ~ Children ~ Alopecia ; Prosthetics/Orthotics/Seating ~ Children ~ Burns ; Prosthetics/Orthotics/Seating ~ Children ~ Cancer
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-737-2781
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Primary Contact Katherine Craig, Community Engagement Coordinator & HDO Planning Committee Member, CHEO Foundation; Email:
Alternate Contact Lydia Blanchard, Director, Community Engagement & HDO Planning Committee Member, CHEO Foundation; Phone: 613-738-4336
Other Details
Established 2011
Funding Fundraising
Resources Website

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