City Councillor Norm Kelly says he is a shy guy, which is why he has chosen the brightest shade of pink for his nails.
Kelly was participating in the Canadian Cancer Society’s ManiCURES event to raise funds for, and awareness of, breast cancer, along with Inspector Chris Boddy, by having men paint their nails pink.
“I wanted to have a bold statement affiliated with this initiative and I also wanted to have my inner self… normally I’m a shy guy but with my fingernails I can reveal this inner man,” said the laughing councillor, who is widely known for his outspoken @norm Twitter feed that attracts 197,000 followers.
Boddy, who can be found @TPSChrisBoddy who went with a more muted salmon shade, said that Councillor Kelly immediately said yes to getting his nails done for a good cause.
“He’s done a lot of work with us already and participated in Cops For Cancer events and I thought it would be a great idea if he wanted to come and help promote the fundraiser. He said I would love to, because that’s what Councillor Kelly is all about,” said Boddy, as he sat done at the Ten Spot to get his nails done, alongside Kelly.
“The Toronto Police Service has, for the last number of years, been working with the Canadian Cancer Society on a number of initiatives like the head-shave that takes place at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, but the last couple of years the Cancer Society has reached out and asked if we would participate in manicures for awareness on breast cancer and we were happy to do so,” added Boddy.
Other than letting his nails speak for him, Kelly said that breast cancer had affected women on both sides of his family and he was happy and privileged to participate in a fundraising and awareness campaign.
“We are going to try and raise a bit of money but, more than the money, it is the awareness of the fight against cancer. I think we are getting very close to beating cancer because we are getting very close to understanding it. And those are the two steps that will lead to the abolition of this monstrous affliction,” said Kelly.