HAIR TODAY, GONE FOR A CURE
Hairy experience for Biggenden’s Gerry Houtin
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.
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.
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.