Bros make it into nation’s top 10
Karratha’s “hairy hippy” Jos van Helfteren’s Movember fundraising effort has made the top 10 individual campaigns in Australia, and he may even have brought back the mullet while doing it.
FIFO Rio Tinto projects supervisor Mr van Helfteren has been running a Movember campaign with support from colleagues Robert Burns and Glenn Vivian for the past few months.
They grew beards for the cause, and he agreed to shed his long beard and hair for only the second time in 34 years.
Their campaign has raised more than $16,000 for men’s health, making Mr van Helfteren number eight on the national Individual Movember leader board.
More than a hundred of Mr van Helfteren’s colleagues were at Searipple Village on Tuesday, December 1, for the big reveal. Mr Burns said there was a lot of anticipation among the crowd.
“Nobody (here tonight) has ever seen Jos’ chin,” he said.
“There’ll be a big cheer when the beard comes off.”
The fundraising campaign was up to $8000 at the beginning of the night but raffle ticket sales and a sporting memorabilia auction raised thousands of dollars in extra funds. So did the auction of who got to cut Mr van Helfteren’s beard, which was won by the Autohaul construction team for an impressive $1500.
Hairdresser Ashlee Goodman from mobile salon The Gypsy Stylist finished the job.
Mr van Helfteren gave the audience another surprise when he decided to have his remaining hair styled into a mullet.
“I thought the other day, a mullet would be interesting,” he said.
“It was a last minute thing.”
Glenn Vivian, Jos van Helfteren and Robert Burns celebrate the end of their Movember campaign, raising $16,144.
Robert Burns and Glenn Vivian help cut Jos van Helfteren’s hair.
Hairdresser Ashlee Goodman finishes the job.