21 April, 2024

Goodbye dreads and hello good cause

More than $5,700 was raised as Lowood-based butcher Kurt Brown had his dreadlocks shaved for a good cause on Saturday, April 6.

By Liam Hauser

Kurt Brown (centre) after shaving his head.
Kurt Brown (centre) after shaving his head.

At least 100 people viewed the head shave at the front of M&K Butcher Brothers, as the co-owner of the butchery underwent a makeover to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.

A sausage sizzle was also part of proceedings. Kurt said the initiative came about because Glamorgan Vale local Geoff Beattie – the grandfather of an apprentice at the butchery – is a life member of the Leukaemia Foundation and does a lot of fundraising for it, while also being an advocate for the foundation.

Local hairdresser Amy Wandel fulfilled the task of removing Kurt’s dreadlocks, while some of the locals paid $5 each to cut off a dread.

Kurt also had his beard shaved off , while Justin from Meat-Trans donated $1,000 for Kurt to have his eyebrows shaved.

Kurt consequently had a totally different look, after it took about six years to grow his dreadlocks which finished about halfway down his back.

Kurt said it was very daunting to be the centre of attention, as he described himself as “not really a spotlight type of person”.

“(It felt) very different, as I never have shaved my head,” he said.

“(I’m) still getting used to it.”

Donations can still be made at


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