Doc The Barber takes a little off the top of Courier editor Don Bodger in The Wildwood Collective’s hair-cutting fundraiser for striking Western Forest Products workers. (Photo by Kelly Bellamy)

Doc The Barber takes a little off the top of Courier editor Don Bodger in The Wildwood Collective’s hair-cutting fundraiser for striking Western Forest Products workers. (Photo by Kelly Bellamy)

More than $1,300 raised by The Wildwood Collective’s hair-cutting fundraiser

Cash plus food and toy donations going to striking Western Forest Products workers

The Wildwood Collective’s hair-cutting fundraiser for striking Western Forest Products workers Monday brought in $1,332.70 plus food and toy donations.

“It went really good,” said Wildwood’s Kelly Bellamy. “It was really busy all day long.”

Colleague Vanessa Belle-Rose concurred stylists at the Chemainus hair salon were going “non-stop.”

Wildwood regulars Bellamy, Belle-Rose and Rachel Swift were joined for a couple of hours by Doc The Barber from across the street. The four kept cutting and the people kept coming to get their haircuts with a minimum donation of $10.

“People were donating a lot extra,” noted Bellamy. “Most people gave $20, $30 or $50.”

Bellamy had planned to take all the cash, toy and food donations to the United Steelworkers office on Brae Road in Duncan Wednesday where collections were being handled.

USW members, including employees at the Chemainus sawmill, have been on strike since July 1 and many are especially feeling the pinch with Christmas approaching.