AN Albury barman had his first haircut in nine years as he shaved off his waist-long dreadlocks for yesterday’s World’s Greatest Shave.
Kelvyn Everett, 25, a duty manager and barman at the Albion Hotel, was among four locals to lose their locks as part of the Leukaemia Foundation fund-raiser that helps change the lives of people with blood cancer.
Mr Everett was talked into losing the “dreads” over some beers with work mates.
“My regulars might not recognise me after this,” he said.
“I will be sad to see them go, but it’s for a great cause.”
Mr Everett said his last haircut was back at high school when he was in year 11.
He had raised $3500 for the cause before the big shave, but hoped to hit $5000 by last night.
At Frayne College, Baranduda, a Thurgoona truck driver and year 6 student raised almost $3000.
David Snell, of Ron Finemore Transport, is friends with Ty West’s parents and saw his plea on Facebook to raise money and jumped on board.
“I said if he raised more than $1000 I would colour my hair pink,” Mr Snell said.
“Well, he raised $2000 so I drove up and down the highway with pink hair for two weeks.
“There were a lot of jokes made, but it was for a good cause.”
Ty was impressed, saying: “He looks like Krusty from The Simpsons.”
The pair both shaved their heads in front of teachers and staff at the school.
“It’s different, I just hope it grows back,” Mr Snell said.
Meanwhile, Victory Lutheran College student Catherine Pack had friends screaming as her two plaits were cut off ready for a shave that helped raised $1200.