Only 2% of the world has red hair. 2%. That's only about 140 million people. So why wouldn't it make sense to have a convention to celebrate them? Or I guess I should say us, seeing as I am a proud member of that 2%.
Every year for the past seven years, the Irish village of Crosshaven has hosted the Irish Redhead Convention, which attracts thousands of redheads to celebrate, "all things to do with having fabulous red hair, the rarest hair color in the world. There are even awards at this festival, such as:
- Most Freckles per Square Inch
- Best Wannabe Redhead
- The World's Greatest Ginger Beard
- Best Redhead Dad
There's even a king and queen of the convention!
The even isn't just for fun, either. The Irish Redhead Convention has raised over $33,887 for the Irish Cancer Society. The festival uses it's platform to raise awareness about being "sun smart" with redheads being more susceptible to melanoma and other types of skin cancer.
Non-redheads are more than welcome to attend the convention, as well. They're just asked to participate in whatever way they can, through wigs or temporary hair-dye. Anything to capture the spirit of the event. Just like this dog did.
The Irish Redhead Convention is a great way to bring people together and help raise funds for cancer research. I just hope they brought a lot of sunscreen and chose somewhere with a lot of shade.