The Bald Angels, a Kerikeri based charity, is organising a fundraiser with a difference to support its work with Northland’s at-risk youth.
It has teamed up with All Black Jack Goodhue, the man with New Zealand’s most famous mullet. The public can donate to have their say on whether Goodhue's famous locks should stay or be shaved off at a Mullet in the Park event in Kerikeri on Sunday 23 February.
The funds raised will help Bald Angels develop the kiwiMANA Kaiārahi programme in which trained kaiārahi (life mentors) work with at-risk young people - to help build their self-respect, life skills and resilience so that they can look forward to a healthy, more positive future with more hope of sustainable employment.
The Bald Angels runs a range of youth development projects, and partner with the Police, Plunket, Women’s Refuge, social services, public health organisations and Foodbanks to support the kids needing it. It also mobilises community support to gather donated warm stuff, food and toys and then redistribute 1000’s of items every year to families in need.
The Bald Angels Trust describes itself as “a bunch of ordinary folk motivating other ordinary folk… and some really EXTRAORDINARY folk… doing some really good stuff.”
“We want ALL kids in our communities reaching their potential. To grow a healthy tree takes the right environment, the right nutrients and some protection, and together, we can grow healthy youth who will lead us and their whanau to a better world,” says CEO, Therese Wickbom.
Mullet in the Park is the latest of ‘a variety of big shindigs, parties, and events’ that bring the community together in the spirit of generosity and goodwill.
The charity's first head shave event saw 10 hairdressers shave 62 people completely bald on stage, raising $43,000 which was donated to Hospice Mid-Northland.
This was followed by a Guinness World Record breaking event in 2015 where 462 people had their locks shaved off in an hour, raising $60,000.
The Bald Angels Trust was the recipient of the Regional and Supreme Award for the Health and Wellbeing category at the 2017 Trust Power Community Awards in Kaitaia.