Meet two of Gladstone’s kindest kids. They wouldn’t give you the shirt off their back, but they are giving away the hair on their heads!
Deklan Cook, 10, and Jayla Bakis, 9 both have beautiful long blonde hair, but next month they’re trading the heat, the combing, and the high shampoo and conditioner bills for breezy shorter styles – each losing the locks for a very good cause.
Jayla, who goes to Clinton State Primary School, will be cutting her hair for Variety Childrens – Hair with Heart charity next week, March 3. As well as fundraising, her hair will be donated to make a wig for a child with cancer, who has lost theirs.
Deklan will follow suit on March 14, trading the rockstar look for a #1 cut all over, for the Leukaemia Foundation.
He’s doing “Shave for A Cure”, getting sponsored to shave his head and supporting the 35 Australians who will be told today they have a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma
“We called the Leukaemia Foundation in Bundaberg for his pack, and they said they didn’t know if they had a t-shirt small enough for Deklan because they don’t ordinarily get many kids as young as him,” Deklan’s mum Laura said.
His ponytail will also be recycled into a wig. In addition, hair clippings from Shave for a Cure are turned into compost or floating booms to absorb oil spills at sea
Jump onto worldsgreatestshave.com , click on the big green “sponsor” button and search for Deklan Cook – he’s already nearly halfway to raising $1000 but can use some help!
Deklan’s classmates at Kin Kora primary school will be cheering him on when the surfer-hair gets the chop but when Jayla gets her haircut, it will be a roomful of bikers leading the applause:
Jayla’s got some help with fundraising from Dad’s mates in the Loners SMC and while her original goal was to raise $500, she is well on her way to $1000.
If you are keen to help Jayla get to her second goal, head down to the Harley Davidson shop on the 3rd March and register for the Jayla’s Journey Charity Ride. At $20 per bike/car, the ride stands up at 10 am and hits the road to Bororen, stopping in Calliope for lunch and traveling on to Mt Larcom before returning to the clubhouse for the big chop at 4.30 pm.
If you can’t make the ride but would like to help her raise the bar a little more, you can do so here: https://hairwithheart.everydayhero.com/au/jayla-s-hair-donation
Jayla says she just wants sick kids with no hair to have some hair. “I’m going to do it every year,” she said.
If you have a bike and it’s looking a little dirty, head on down to the LONERS clubhouse at 9am this Saturday, February 24th. Pete from Mean Clean Detailing will have your bike detailed and looking perfect again for $50. This will include paint restoration, clean and shine chrome, polish and wax. These funds raised are also being donated to Jayla’s Journey for Hair with Heart