How many of you remember sitting in Murd Nicholson’s barber chair when you were three years old and scared of that first haircut?

How many of you watched your own children thrill to having a “conversation” with Mr. Clippers who spoke in what sounded like a buzz to everyone else?

Unfortunately, Nicholson recently had a motorcycle accident and hurt his hands to the point where he can’t cut hair for a while. As the owner of The Barber Shoppe, it is creating a real financial burden.

When he wasn’t cutting hair, Nicholson had been contributing to the community in many ways. So, the community is giving back on Monday, July 26.

The Gold Wing Riders are launching the Murd Nicholson Benefit Ride that morning from the Casa Loma. Riders and non-riders are invited to have breakfast with them at Deb’s Place first, starting at 10 a.m.

The ride will end at Shipyards Park at 4 p.m., where the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Society is organizing a Lend a Helping Hand Barbecue and silent auction with entertainers such as the Snow Shoe Shufflers and the Queen and her Court.

The public is invited to attend this event that ends around 7 p.m.

The suggested donation is $10.

Supplies are being donated by G&P Distributing, Yukon Learn, Special Olympics, Brewery Bay Chalet, Cutters, Klondike Salmon and Rib, Cloud 9 Touch and Energy Therapies, Seventh Day Aventists, Harold Sher, Edgewater, Sam ‘n’ Andy’s and Northland Beverages and others.

“Because he’s a fantastic guy,” says Tiffany Duncan, YSR executive director, when asked why so many are helping out Nicholson. “He gives a tonne back to the community and that is what the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Society is all about.”

Duncan, the, says the event is coming together quickly and more contributors are stepping forward.

For those who cannot attend the Monday, July 26 barbecue, donations can be dropped off at the YSR offices on Main Street, above Mac’s Fireweed Books.

Cash and Visa will be accepted at both places.