Razors, scissors and clippers are being left alone this month by South Pasadena Police Department officials, voluntarily taking part in No-Shave November, a month-long campaign to raise awareness and funding for cancer prevention, research and education.
Three cancer-fighting organizations are benefiting from the campaign, which last year raised more than $1.76 million.
Participants are encouraged to donate the money they would normally spend on shaving and grooming to help, as the motto states, “Stop Cancer Before It Starts!”
For the first time in SPPD history, the South Pasadena Police Department is participating in the national November fundraiser.
“Let it grow and join the fight against cancer!” said South Pasadena Police Chief Joe Ortiz.
Web-based non-profit organization No-Shave November is devoted to growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education.
“Through the end of the November, participants in the department are authorized to grow their facial hair and instead of spending money on grooming,” said the police chief.
Officers make a minimum $25 donation to the cause in order to participate.
It’s still early in the month, but SPPD Captain Brian Solinsky has noticed the longer beards and hair around the station. “Some of the guys are getting pretty scruffy,” he offered with a laugh. “They are really into it. It’s a good thing.”
For more information about the cause, visit no-shave.org