Dreads coming off for charities

STU PIDDINGTON
Last updated 05:00 10/11/2012
grant hope and guy turner
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DREADLOCK HOLIDAY: Guy Turner, left, and Guy Turner are cutting their hair for the first time in a decade to support the Cancer Society.

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Men's maintenance is a high priority this month at the DB Brewery at Washdyke and several charities are benefiting.

Free health checks by doctors could be next off the production line as an increasing awareness of mens' health issues have been highlighted at the brewery.

Cellar man Guy Turner got the ball rolling when he decided it was time his dreadlocks should go and decided the Cancer Society could benefit.

"I couldn't get my [crash] helmet on and thought if the dreads had to go it should be to a good cause.

"I had a close friend who suffered from cancer and a couple of workmates so thought it was an ideal cause."

Turner, who moved to Timaru from Taranaki a decade ago, said December 1 would be the first time he had a hair cut in the South Island.

His website has already raised almost $2000 and his workmate, electrician technician Grant Hope, decided to join in.

Both men have had either friends or family members who have been cancer sufferers, with Hope's mother dying within six months of being diagnosed.

Together they hope to raise about $10,000 and their employer is also chipping in $1000 each towards the cause.

The awareness around health issues has also seen several other DB Breweries staff sign up for Movember and it has snowballed from there.

Brewery manager Kim Haack said one employee is sporting pink hair and another blue, while a bald Karl Ennis is growing back his "horrible" red curly hair for a month for the cause.

"It's a lot of fun with a serious message," Haack said.

Turner already has two bids for a dreadlocks each, with one going to Australia while the second is for a bell clapper cord.

Hope's hair will be used for a more serious cause.

He is donating to a wigmaker, so it can hopefully be used by a cancer patient.

Haack, who is growing a beard for Movember, is also under pressure from his staff to dye his hair blue.

The charity websites for Guy and Grant are:

http://www.fundraiseon line.co.nz/GuyTurner/

http://www.fundraiseon line.co.nz/GrantHope/

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