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Laughter, traditional food being shared at charity hair trimming (3 photos)

Money raised at the event running until 4 p.m. today is for the Timmins Native Friendship Centre

'Tis the season to give back at the Ojibway and Cree Cultural Centre.

The non-profit has partnered with the 13 Avenue Barber Shop to provide $5 hair trimmings today.

The event is being held at the cultural centre located at 150 Brousseau Ave. and runs until 4 p.m. It's open to everyone.

"It's nice to see everyone smiling, sharing a laugh," said the centre’s executive director Tristan Lebrun. "We baked bannock for them, we roasted a goose, so anyone who needs that nourishment can get it. That's the best medicine: that's the food, tea, laughter."

Barbers Sabryna Larr, Chris Costigan and Roxanne Zarudenec of 13 Avenue Barber Shop were on hand. 

"I'm so happy to be here and I thank (the centre) so much for letting us come to their establishment, very welcoming," Larr said. "I cherish this because I get to share my passion somewhere else than the barbershop."

Two hours into the event, the non-profit had already raised over $30.

The centre will match the total raised amount and donate it to the Timmins Native Friendship Centre for gas as it provides transportation services to elders.

Timmins resident Gary Richards said he came to support the good cause and get a haircut.

"It feels great," he said.

Jordan Corbiere, who's Ojibway from Manitoulin Island, said he heard about the event from his wife.

"It's to help the elders, so I said, "Sure, why not?' It's here in Timmins, I live here in Timmins," he said.


Dariya Baiguzhiyeva

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Dariya Baiguzhiyeva is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter covering diversity issues for TimminsToday. The LJI is funded by the Government of Canada
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