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March means mullets for mental health in Fort McMurray

Last Updated Mar 4, 2019 at 7:36 pm MST

Thanks to Fade 99 Studios hair stylists Charlie and Kurtis, the Fort McMurray Oil Barons sport their fancy new mullets to kick off the March Mullet Campaign in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association of Wood Buffalo. Photo taken by Phil Wood, news anchor for MyMcMurray.com.

Get your mullets ready, the Oil Barons kick off the March Mullet Campaign in Wood Buffalo!

The Canadian Mental Health Association Wood Buffalo chapter (CMHA) partnered with Voigt Harley Davidson, the Alberta Teacher Association Local 48, Fade 99 Barbershop, and the Fort McMurray Oil Barons to raise funds for local mental health resources and reduce the stigma of mental health.

First-year sponsors, Charlie Fade of Fade 99, helped kick off the campaign at his barbershop and gave some of the Oil Barons a special trim.

“We actually came in contact with Jasmeen there from the [CMHA]. She reached out to us, and we were more than happy to accommodate her event.”

Mental health awareness is an important subject to many in the RMWB.

Jasmeen Toor, Marketing & Community Education Strategist for the CMHA in Wood Buffalo, hopes that by wearing mullets, it will encourage discussion, solidarity, and help the region heal.

“That mullet represents a pillar for strength, and willingness to discuss mental health and do their part to end the stigma.”

The goal is to raise $5000 for mental health resources, and so far the March Mullet Campaign is one-tenth closer to that goal raising $500.

Toor also hopes this will be an annual event.

Oil barons looking slick

When the coaches approached the players with the idea, Fort McMurray Oil Baron Brendan Stafford said he and his players were happy to get on board.

“It was fifty-fifty. The coaches kind of brought the idea, gave us the option, and we kind of jumped on it. It seems like a good idea, and from there it just carried on.”

Oil Barons head coach and general manager Tom Keca was pleased with his players’ mindfulness of the community and generosity.

“Our players really enjoy being as involved as we can in the community with whatever charity wants to have us. I don’t know, aesthetically, how [the mullets] will look, but hopefully we raise some awareness for the March for Mullets.”

If you would like to sport a mullet, real or fake, and get involved you can go to the Canadian Mental Health Association website.