T950 Legend driver’s close razor encounter
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