HALFWAY: Gerry Houtin had have of his hair shaved off before the rest is auctioned off and shave at a night time function at Biggenden tonight.
HALFWAY: Gerry Houtin had have of his hair shaved off before the rest is auctioned off and shave at a night time function at Biggenden tonight. Erica Murree

Gerry's journey for great a cause

WITH legs shaking, Biggenden State School principal Ros Rackemann took the scissors to her student Gerry Houtin's hair this morning in front of the school assembly.

It was all for a good cause as the youngster has been growing his hair for the past 15 months just to lose it all in the World's Greatest Shave.

Gerry chose to have half his head shaved this morning.

The rest will be auctioned off and shaved at a function at the Commercial Hotel on tonight.

He has been busy fundraising and as of Friday had raised $1782.05 of his $2000 goal, which he was confident he would attain tonight.

To his fellow students he said "On Monday some of you might tease me and make fun of me when you see me bald but that is okay because it won't be long to grow my hair back again and I will look normal again.

"It is all part of the experience,” he said.

"What is not okay is to make fun of someone just because they look different.”

Gerry said he knew most people who received cancer treatment would lose their hair.

"I know my mum did when she had cancer.

"She told me that she cried more when she learnt that she would lose all her hair than when she learnt she had cancer.

"Yes, maybe we think it's funny but the thing is, people with cancer don't have a choice when they lose their hair because it's the side effects of the treatment.

"I will lose my hair today but that is my choice.”

Anyone wanting to watch Gerry loose the rest of the locks along other participants who are having their hair coloured or shaved head down to the Commercial Hotel from 6pm. Come dressed in your St Patrick outfits as there are prizes for the best dressed. There will be a multi draw raffle, Irish stew and entertainment by Neil Duddy.


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