Maitland to have neon purple hair

Nathan Liewicki
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Ken Maitland is in need of a hair cut, but it will be put off a little while longer.

Ken Maitland, a store manager at Giant Tiger, poses outside by the store's sign. Come January Maitlan's hair will be dyed neon purple thanks to donations the store has raised for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

“My hair is already longer than it normally is, but I’ll have to wait to get it cut,” Maitland told the Times-Herald on Friday.

Maitland, a store manager at Giant Tiger, will have his hair dyed neon purple sometime in January, honouring a promise he made to his staff.

“I told them if we raised $2,000 this month I’d dye my hair,” he said.

With a few more days still left in December, Giant Tiger has already raised more than $2,000 from customers who have donated money at checkout tills.

All of the money raised during the month-long fundraiser is being donated to the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) as part of the Gift of Hope campaign.

“This year we have probably raised the most amount of money this store has ever raised,” Maitland said.

He also noted that donating money to the CDA is not something Moose Jaw’s Giant Tiger is doing. Giant Tiger stores across the country have also been participating in the donation drive throughout December.

“It’s one of those diseases that hits close to home, and it’s great to help out the Canadian Diabetes Association,” Maitland said.

But he will not be the only Giant Tiger employee who will be donning a colourful new hairdo.

Two cashiers have also agreed to have their hair dyed – one if more than $2,000 was raised and the other if more than $2,500 was raised.

Like Maitland, they will both soon be coming to work with a colourful head of hair, one of which will see pink hair with a green streak down the middle of the cashier’s head.

Asked when exactly he will get that haircut, Maitland said, “Not until it has grown itself out.” 

That could be awhile, but his dyed hair will symbolize the Gift of Hope he and the staff at Giant Tiger pushed hard for in December. 

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Giant Tiger, Canadian Diabetes Association, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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