For about as long as the World’s Greatest Shave has been running, Takai (Taco) Mohokar has been growing his iconic ‘locks’.
Now, for the first time in 20 years, the brave Gold Coaster is ‘getting a haircut’.
He’s going to tame his tresses in the name of charity, hoping to raise $30,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation, and in-turn support the 35 Australians who are diagnosed with a form of blood cancer EVERY DAY.
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“If it helps just one person or one family through dealing with blood cancer, then it’s all been worth it,” Taco said.
Taco, who is the Queensland Operations Manager at Dynamic Hydro Excavations, is known throughout worksites as a ‘dread-head’ with a cheeky sense of humour and big heart.
“Taco has been attached to his dreadlocks for over 20 years and is as much known for them, as is his cheeky and charitable personality,” Dynamic Hydro Excavations, Business Development Manager Drew Cuthbert said.
Taco’s dreads will go on March 17 at My Centre Nerang, with a handful of other brave shavers also doing their bit for the cause, and locals are urged to come along and show their support and even consider shaving their own head, or colouring their hair.
“My Centre Nerang held its first World’s Greatest Shave event back in 2014 and it just gets bigger and better every year,” Centre Manager Merrin Robson told myGC.
“It’s a really fantastic cause, the Leukaemia Foundation do so much for those suffering with the disease and their families, giving them an outlet to raise much needed funds is the least we can do,” Ms Robson added.
With the event coinciding with St Patrick’s Day, the centre is encouraging those not quite brave enough to face the clippers to have their hair spray painted green instead, for just $10.
“I am also open to the idea that if someone donates $200, I’ll let them colour my hair whatever colour they want!” Ms Robson teased.
“Donate, come down and support everyone participating, grab some raffle tickets and just enjoy the morning.”
The family friendly event starts from 10am with plenty of raffles, lucky dips, face painting, balloon twisting and other entertainment on the sideline of the main attraction.