Purple hair for Maitland

Nathan Liewicki
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Lee Stearns of Select Coiffures colours Giant Tiger Manager Ken Maitland's hair purple on Thursday after the store raised $2,564 for the Canadian Diabetes Association in December.

Giant Tiger raised $2,564 for diabetes in December

Purple was the colour of the day at Giant Tiger on Thursday.

Plates of cookies topped with purple icing and purple sprinkles sat atop a purple table dressing in the middle of the store. They were accompanied by a spread of purples napkins, grape juice and purple balloons.

Giant Tiger staff also wore varying shades of purples, but the focus was on store manager Ken Maitland, whose purple polo was matched by purple hair.

“It feels cold,” said Maitland as Lee Stearns of Select Coiffures applied purple hair colour to the Giant Tiger store manager’s scalp.

Maitland honoured a promise he made to his staff in December that if they raised over $2,000 during that month for the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), he would dye his hair purple.

“We have at least one employee who has diabetes and my father has diabetes,” Maitland said when asked if the disease hits home.

In total, Giant Tiger customers donated $2,564 to support the CDA last December. It was by far the most money the Moose Jaw location had ever raised.

Jason Evers, one of the store’s cashiers, was present to see Maitland’s hair be transformed from brown to purple. A few days earlier he too had his hair colour altered.

Another of Giant Tiger’s cashiers will be getting his dyed – pink with a green stripe down the middle of his head – on Saturday.

“As soon as we talked about the goal I jumped right on board,” said Evers, whose red highlights are looking more like pink highlights after washing his hair a few times.

Evers is already looking forward to next year’s CDA Gift of Hope campaign.

“If we can top our goal, even reach $3,000 that would be great,” he said.

Maitland is also looking forward to collecting more donations for the CDA next December, but for now he will wear his purple hair proudly.

Unfortunately, his goatee didn’t receive the same purple treatment his hair did.

“My wife thought I’d look like a purple smurf,” Maitland said if Stearns would have also dyed his goatee.

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

Organizations: Canadian Diabetes Association, Giant Tiger

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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