Much like the greasy mop atop his head, Cale Reining’s fundraising efforts have grown out of control.
Reining is raising money for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice by growing out his hair into a hockey mullet inspired by the ‘do sported by his favourite Vancouver Canuck, forward Tanner Glass.
Called Mullets with Meaning, Reining’s fundraiser is more than just an excuse to sport a terrible haircut, however.
“It’s all about the kids,” says the 20-year-old bartender. “I just wanted to do something positive for playoffs.”
Reining works at Boston Pizza (Vancouver Pizza, during the playoffs) in Pitt Meadows, and when the company heard about his fundraising efforts, they decided chip in as well.
“They are going to be matching every donation we collect,” said Reining. “I couldn’t believe it when they told me.”
Reining’s original goal was to raise $1,000 for Canuck Place, but with the commitment from Boston Pizza’s corporate office, he estimates he has raised close to $2,200 so far.
And he’s going to keep growing it as long as people keep making donations, he says.
Reining hasn’t trimmed the sides since the Canucks beat Nashville in the second round of the playoffs.
“I’m starting to get superstitious,” he says.
Reining is too young too remember much the Canucks last Stanley Cup playoff run in 1994, when he was just three years old, so this year’s cup run is all the more special for him.
“I don’t want to do anything to jinx them, so I’m not touching it.”