BERLIN - Chief John Klett has authorized police to participate in â€śNo Shave Novemberâ€ť to raise cancer awareness.
The national campaign asks participants to forgo shaving in order to provoke conversation and raise cancer awareness.
Every dollar raised supports the efforts to fund cancer research and education, help prevent cancer and aid those fighting it.
Police are required to donate the money that would be spent on shaving and grooming to cancer research and awareness. To participate, each member will be required to donate $50 and will be seeking additional donations to reach a fundraising goal of $2,000.
When questioned about their facial hair, officers will talk about the campaign and its fundraising efforts.
Each day, 22,000 people die from cancer worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Nearly half of cancer diagnoses and deaths are preventable.
No Shave Novemberâ€™s mission is to not only raise funds for cancer research and treatment but to educate the population about preventative measures. For over six years, participants around the globe have put down their razors and foregone their hair appointments to join the fight against cancer.
Over the years, the No Shave November campaign has raised over $3.5 million to combat this disease.
To join the effort, visit no-shave.org/team/Berlin_Police_Department_CT.