SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Officers and civilian employees of the South Plainfield Police Department (SPPD), along with several borough officials, have ditched their razors this month in support of the department’s 3rd annual No-Shave November initiative.
No-Shave November is a web-based, non-profit geared toward raising money and awareness for cancer prevention. According to the organization’s website (https://www.no-shave.org), the goal of the month-long initiative is to ‘grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free.’
“The rules of No-Shave November are simple: put down your razor for 30 days and donate your monthly hair-maintenance expenses to the cause,” states the website.
On a local front, the police department’s 2019 no-shave fundraiser is being facilitated by South Plainfield Patrolman Kenneth Parada and Administrative Sergeant Jim McConville with the goal to raise funds for a department and/or community member affected by cancer or another related illness.
“The overall goal is to help fight cancer,” said Patrolman Kenneth Parada, who also serves as the department’s delegate to PBA Local 100. ’We held our first No-Shave November effort three years ago and it received a really good response.”
Currently, close to 50 people have donated $20 toward the month-long cause with officers, a dispatcher, Mayor Matt Anesh and Councilmen Robert Bengivenga, Jr. and Derryck White among those participating. “To date, we have raised about $1,000 with donations still coming in,” said McConville, adding, “It is so important to raise awareness.”
Since department policy requires officers to be clean-cut and clean-shaven at all times, the no-shave fundraiser – approved by Chief James Parker, who is also participating – is also somewhat of a ‘morale booster.’
“For one month, the guys are allowed to let their hair grow,” said Parada. “People always say fundraising is a time-consuming thing, but this is $20 for a good cause and, if anything, it lessens the burden of having to shave every day.”
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