Toronto Police Association (TPA) Director Mike Abbott doesn’t mind showing off his legs in public.
But shaving them was saved for raising money for a charitable cause close to his heart.
Abbott joined a few officers who shaved their legs on May 21 to support Cops for Cancer.
“This is another opportunity to help people who are going through adversity,” said Abbott, who is also the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation president. “Having our legs look a little bit girlish for a couple of days is something I can endure once it’s for a worthy cause.”
Abbott lost both of his grandparents to cancer when he was in his early teens.
“Cancer is probably the only disease that affects everybody,” he said. “It’s just horrendous and we have to find a cure for it.”
He announced that the TPA will donate $1,500 to Cops for Cancer on behalf of the nearly 8,000 uniformed and civilian members of the Toronto Police Service. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has promised to match the amount.
Susie Morphet, the Canadian Cancer Society manager of corporate and community partnerships, welcomed the contributions.
“We really value our partnership with Toronto Police,” she said. “It’s tremendous to see the vast amount of support we get from Service members over the years. We are reaching the $100,000 mark in contributions annually and the Toronto Police are major contributors to that. That kind of money can actually support and fund one research grant for a year.”
This year, the Cops For Cancer head-shave at Yorkdale Mall saw Toronto Police Service and community members raise $85,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, who attended the event and shaved his legs, also welcomed the Service’s contributions, while Paramount Fine Foods President and Chief Executive Officer Mohamad Fakih said he would match the contributions made by the TPA and the RCMP.
“This is a very important cause for us,” said Fakih. “I want business owners to know that, the bigger their business gets, they are never too big to give back to this community. That’s how Canada was built.”