Bros make it into na­tion’s top 10

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Perera

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.”

Pic­tures: Gemma Troedel

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.

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