Albertan has Close Shave in Uganda

    TORONTO, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - Inside a rehabilitation centre in Katalemwa,
children of all ages giggle as they patiently wait their turn to cut someone's
    But this is no ordinary haircut.
    Surrounded by children, burly Edmonton resident Will Vandervelde sits
good naturedly as his long curly brown locks are cut and clipped by children
with disabilities in Uganda.
    Vandervelde is giving up his hair as a fundraiser to benefit the work of
    Over $7,000 in pledges will go towards cbm's Children's Ability Network
in Uganda and a special project for Katelemwa.
    Vandervelde is on a two week cbm Canada project tour along with nine
other friends and supporters of cbm. In addition to Katelemwa, the group will
visit eye hospitals and other orthopaedic projects run by cbm. The
organization is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
    Last year Vandervelde visited cbm's projects along with his wife Shalene.
When he found out he was going to Africa again this year, he wanted to do
something special touched for the children with disabilities. So he asked
friends and family to sponsor him to have his 7 year growth of long curly hair
shaved off by the kids he wants to help.
    Vandervelde has helped organize two other fundraisers in the past for
    Katalemwa Cheshire Home, a 90-bed facility provides pre- and
post-operative rehabilitation unit for corrective surgery (orthopaedic and
plastic). Services such as physiotherapy, nursing care, and the production of
orthopaedic appliances are provided. Through Katalemwa, other cbm supported
projects and collaborating programs are able to access surgery and orthopaedic
equipment. Last year, 3187 orthopaedic appliances total were produced.
    cbm has partnered with Chesire homes in five projects and three countries
including Uganda, Zambia and Kenya.
    cbm is a world leading expert in helping people living in poverty with
disabilities. Every year cbm brings help and hope to over 18 million people
who are struggling to cope with hunger, injury, disease and disability.
    If you would like to join Vandervelde in supporting cbm Canada's
Children's Ability Network, visit

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