Char­ity shave:

T950 Legend driver’s close ra­zor en­counter

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ANDREW DICK­INS, or ‘Dicko’ as he is known in the in­dus­try, ar­rived at the Oak­lands Truck Show in March this year driv­ing a Daw­son’s Haulage 2016 Ken­worth T950 Legend. When he stepped out of the rig he was sport­ing his sig­na­ture fiery red beard.

How­ever, by the show’s end the beard was gone. Dicko had sac­ri­ficed his fa­cial hair for the char­ity fundrais­ing Leukaemia Foun­da­tion’s Great­est Shave. Dicko is a sin­gle bloke with no chil­dren but loves his three nieces and kids in gen­eral.

“I hate see­ing lit­tle kids sick, es­pe­cially with things like cancer,” he says. “It’s not like they have even had a bit of a go at life yet.”

Brid­get Ma­hony, who works in the Daw­son’s Haulage of­fice, came up with the idea, think­ing that Dicko’s beard would be the ideal sac­ri­fice.

“Last year she said I should do the shave for a cure,” he re­calls. “I replied that if she or­gan­ised it I would do it.

“Un­for­tu­nately things hap­pened and we got busy and we missed out.”

Brid­get made the of­fer again in March this year, and Dicko again agreed. This time it was on.

Dicko is big on do­nat­ing to any kind of chil­dren’s char­ity, so when this op­por­tu­nity came up he had no hes­i­ta­tion. Af­ter all, he says, it’s only hair.

“I had the choice of whether to lose my hair or not; some of those poor bug­gers don’t.”

Brid­get or­gan­ised the fundrais­ing for the shave, rais­ing an im­pres­sive tally of $4500.

“Now I can shower in half the time,” Dicko laughs.

“And shampoo costs have gone through the floor.”

The week­end of the truck show also co­in­cided with Dicko’s birth­day, but it was more about tak­ing a break and so­cial­is­ing with the work­mates he rarely gets to see. His runs in the Ken­worth take him any­where and ev­ery­where, mostly away from the cap­i­tal cities.

“I en­joy be­ing out in the bush and

The Ken­worth hauls tim­ber up and down the east coast

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