A small crowd gathered in Coast Plaza on Saturday, September 9 to see a very public haircut, as Ryan Port’s auburn mullet was chopped off for charity.
The 44-year-old Tindalls Bay resident has been growing his hair since lockdown and decided to donate it for wigs, while raising money for the Child Cancer Foundation (HM September 4).
The team at Rodney Wayne Whangaparāoa prepared and plaited the hair so it can be used to make wigs for cancer patients after removal, before cutting it off and finishing his new look.
Fundraising alongside the event meant Ryan was able to donate a lot more than just his hair, raising $4500.
Ryan says the whole experience was so encouraging.
“My main takeaway from the last couple of months is that there are so many great people out there, especially here on the Coast. Raising money doesn’t fix anything but it helps, even just a little bit, and we should all feel pleased with that.”