Bearduary Canada - Raising Funds and Awareness for the Cause

Bearduary Canada - Raising Funds and Awareness for the Cause

January 2015 
For Michael Lombardi’s friends, their undergraduate years at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, were about more than the typical concerns. Six years ago, during their first year, this tight knit group decided to do something to give back to the community.

At the same time as this desire to “do something bigger than us,” one of their good friends’ Aunts was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

It wasn’t long before the idea of Bearduary was born.

A play on the fundraiser Movember, which was just getting started at the same time, this group of young men decided to grow beards during January and February – and to raise money doing it.

The day they launched their first campaign, their friend’s aunt passed away from her brain tumour. The timing was striking for everyone.

A couple of years into their campaign on campus, they learned of a staff member in the alumni relations department who is also a brain tumour survivor.

This connection has provided additional motivation for the group, both while on campus and now that they have graduated. This year, the sixth year into the effort, participants are signing up from many places in Canada and the United States.

Michael and his friends have also connected to the Bearduary movement in the United States. For the US group, the goal is to raise funds for charity and they happily shared their insight and things like t-shirts for the Canadian Bearduary.

When asked about why he continues to lead this effort, Michael says, “We just really want to offer an interesting way for people to be involved in the cause so that we can raise more money. Before we got involved, I didn’t realize how widespread brain tumours are. The need for research and programs is so great. That’s why we keep doing it.”

Michael knows that no contribution is too small and he encourages everyone he comes into contact with to participate. This year, the Bearduary team aims to raise $2,000 for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

“I’m happy I understand this disease now.” Michael says. “I hope I can help it sink in for others too.”

February 2016 will be Beaduary month for the 7th time! Find out how you can get involved in Bearduary 2016 on the community event page including links to their registration page and social media.

Thank you to everyone who supports Bearduary.

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