HAIR TO­DAY, GONE FOR A CURE

Hairy ex­pe­ri­ence for Biggen­den’s Gerry Houtin

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

BIGGEN­DEN’S Gerry Houtin has been do­ing it tough in the re­cent hot weather.

The 11-year-old has been grow­ing his thick black hair since De­cem­ber 2015.

He in­tends to lose his locks at theWorld’s Great­est Shave on March 17 at the Biggen­den State School.

Gerry said he was in­spired by Mad­die Dun­das’ ef­forts two years ago when she had her hair cut to make a wig for a young per­son who lost their hair through can­cer.

“My mum also has had can­cer,” he said.

“I hate can­cer and I wish one day all types of can­cers and other dis­eases will dis­ap­pear off the face of the earth so peo­ple can live a happy and healthy life.

“Un­til then I will do ev­ery bit I can to help peo­ple suf­fer­ing with can­cer by rais­ing money.”

He said 35 Aus­tralians a day are given the dev­ast­ing news they have blood can­cer and they’ll turn to the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion for help.

So far Gerry has raised half of his goal of $2000.

Gerry has been out and about dur­ing the hol­i­days rais­ing money.

He even went to the cat­tle sale with his do­na­tion boxes.

Gerry said he met a lady called Tash from New Zealand at the cat­tle sale.

“I am so pleased she went on­line and made a do­na­tion,” he said.

The young­ster can also be found at the Den op­po­site Beiers Park of a Satur­day or Sun­day where he has bagged up lol­lies for sale as well as ly­chees.

He said ev­ery­one had been sup­port­ive.

“But the girls have told me not to shave it off,” he said.

With a smile on his face, Gerry said he thought he presently had longer hair than most of the old women he had met.

Any­one wish­ing to help Gerry make the most of his hairy sac­ri­fice can go on­line to www. worlds great­est shave. com, click on the icon sup­port a friend and then type in Gerry Houtin. Oth­er­wise make a do­na­tion via the many do­na­tion boxes on the counter of many Biggen­den busi­nesses.

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

SHAVE FOR A CURE: Biggen­den’s Gerry Houtin has been grow­ing his hair for more than a year to raise money for the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion.

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

SHAVE FOR A CURE: Biggen­den's Gerry Houtin who has been grow­ing his hair for more than a year aims to have raised $2000 for the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion by the time his hair is shaved on March 17.

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