Good samaritan goes from braids to bald

Gordon Hein (left) prepares to get his shaved by Neil Zentner (right) on October 19, 2018. (Jayda Noyes/Daily Herald)

Jayda Noyes, Daily Herald

A Prince Albert man got his head shaved Friday afternoon to recognize those who have donated crucial funds to the Rose Garden Hospice.

The hospice is meant to provide a home-like environment for those nearing the end of their lives.

Gordon Hein, who’s on the board of directors for the non-profit organization, said they currently have 10 acres of donated land south of Marquis Road.

“We’re in the process of raising enough funds to break ground and build the hospice,” said Hein.

He’s hoping the near future will bring a comfortable environment for palliative care patients and is dedicated to raising the money needed to make it a reality.

Just outside of their office in the Gateway Mall, Hein’s longtime friend, Neil Zentner, did the honours of chopping and shaving his hair off.

Scissors weren’t successful in breaking through his braids, so Zentner switched to a knife.

“The knife was like ‘Uh, I’m not sure if I really signed up for this kind of experience,’” said Hein.

Once the braids were cut off, Zentner held the 19-inches of hair in front of Hein, which would go towards wigs for children with cancer.

He ran his hands over his head with a smile on his face.

“It was all worth it,” he said. “I wasn’t sure if I’d lose my ears, but they’re both there and it was for a good cause and I really encourage people to look at donating to Rose Garden Hospice.”

Hein continues to take donations until the end of October through their website.

As of Friday, he had raised between $1300 and $1400 of his $2000 goal, and is confident he’ll reach it.