Grim Acres dares you to ‘Brave the Shave’

Organizers with the area’s annual Halloween Haunt for the Canadian Cancer Society are attempting to break a world record for most heads shaved by one person in one hour.

Brain and Amber Sutherland are putting a few heads together to augment their efforts in raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society.

And the results may be as scary as their annual Halloween Haunt.

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The Sutherlands, coordinators of the Grim Acres Scare Away Cancer Halloween Haunt, are joining Brandon barber Quentin Derhak in an attempt to break the world record for most heads shaved in one hour by a single person. The team is seeking 100 community leaders, athletes, entertainment personalities and members of the general public to volunteer their locks for what has been called “Brave the Shave.”

The event is planned for Oct. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Grim Acres location six kilometers south on Stanley Road off of Highway 1A west of Brandon. The record attempt will occur between 2 and 3 p.m. The Sutherlands plan on submitting the record attempt for inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Records.

As of early this month, about 50 participants had registered to be part of the project. A minimum of 76 volunteers are required to break the record.

“Quentin Derhak… will be doing (the shaving) to honor his father, who unfortunately passed away last year and, as a result, we will be donating all proceeds of the event to the CCS (Canadian Cancer Society) and their bladder cancer programs,” Brian Sutherland said. “It is all just one more way for us to give back to our community and to inspire hope in the fight against cancer.”

Amber Sutherland and a friend arrived at the idea for the world record attempt to celebrate the community and further expose their Grim Acres Halloween Haunt event. They originally pursued another record in 2017, when the Sutherlands tried to get the most people dressed as superheroes in one place. They failed, but they learned from the experience.

“Since that attempt, I learned what does and doesn’t work for an attempt of that magnitude. This year, I was able to streamline and decided to go with an attempt to break the record for most heads shaved in one hour by one person,” Brian said.

“We also decided to tie it in to a free family-fun day with music, entertainment, laser tag and an indoor kids carnival, just as a way to continue to give back to our community and for families in Brandon to find a great way to spend a few hours on a great day in October.”

More importantly, the Sutherlands are amplifying their efforts to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. The Grim Acre Scare Away Cancer Halloween Haunt was originally established in Brandon, but soon outgrew its location, moving to the site near Kemnay, Man. Today, the four-day event hosts between 3000 and 4000 haunt enthusiasts from throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and parts of the United States.

Since being established in 2011, the Grim Acres Scare Away Cancer Halloween Haunt has helped raise more than $64,500 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

The haunt, which was created after Amber’s mother and both of Brian’s parents died of cancer, will take place this year Oct. 25 to 28 from 6 to 11 p.m. each day. The haunt includes an abandoned house, a 3000 square-foot converted pole barn and a 2800 square-foot pole barn for the kids’ carnival. Concessions, laser tag, music, a bouncy castle and live entertainment will also be on site.

Admission to Grim Acres is free, but donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be accepted at the door.

For more information about “Brave the Shave” or the Grim Acres Scare Away Cancer Halloween Haunt, contact the Sutherlands at (204) 720-0754, email them at grimacres@gmail.com or visit the Grim Acres Facebook page.

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