By Noel Fisher
A group of local lads are preparing to have their precious mullets taken off in aid of a good cause.
On November 4 at 7pm the South Golf Club will host the eight young men replacing their prized hairstyle with a number one all over cut.
It started when Tom and Lincoln Casey heard the news that their next-door neighbours Rob and Cheryl Meuret were both battling cancers, Cheryl’s myeloma which is an incurable form of blood cancer, and Rob his third bout of prostate cancer.
As with most young men sporting a well nurtured mullet the decision has not come easily but it’s definitely in a good cause.
Travis Casey, father of Tom and Lincoln, said that the idea of shaving the mullets came after his sons coped a bit of flack about their developing hairstyles and getting a shave, and they said if they were going to do it, do it for a good cause.
“All these young fellas are all good mates and decided to jump on the bandwagon to rip it off,” said Travis.
“If you knew what the mullets meant to these young fellas, there wouldn’t be too many people in Broken Hill could get them to take them off without a good fight.
“We have a few hairdressers lined up to rip ‘em off down at the golf club and we are trying to round up a few raffle prizes.
“There have been quite a few local businesses get on board so far, we are going to run a raffle with meat trays, we are putting in a couple of trays of yabbies.
“One of the lads, Tye Johnson’s boss from Broken Hill Gourmet Meats, said that if Tye goes bald he will throw in a few more dollars for the cause,” Mr Casey laughed
Chris Bray, one of the other organisers of the event, said, “we want to get 20 or 30 prizes and raffle them off at $10 a ticket”.
“We’re hoping to help raise a few funds for the guys.
“If you took these guys to the hairdressers and tell them to cut it off, they wouldn’t do it.
“I think this is a great thing that they are doing for the neighbourhood, the neighbours and the community as well,” Mr Bray said.
Getting sponsors and fundraising efforts, so far, has involved a Facebook post and word of mouth.
A special bank account has been set up at the Broken Hill Community Credit Union with Travis, Chris Bray and Tracey Harmon from the Credit Union acting as signatories.
People wanting to donate or sponsor the boys can visit the credit union and ask to donate to the Chez and Rob Meuret fundraiser or direct deposit into the following account.
BSB 802 377 ACC #37741584
The organisers just ask that you use your name in the reference so they can thank you for your generous support.
Mr Casey said there will only ever be two withdrawals from the account and that will be the two cheques that the charities benefiting from the event.
Belynda Casey said that they looked at a Go fund Me page, but with a 30% commission, it didn’t seem worthwhile.
“That’s why we set up a bank account with the support of the credit union.
“I’m approaching businesses to donate to the raffle at the moment and they have all been very kind and donating,” Mrs Casey said.
All the funds raised will be donated to Broken Hill Oncology Unit and the Cancer Council SA who run Flinders and Green Hill lodges in Adelaide, where many people from Broken Hill stay when receiving treatment in Adelaide.