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Hamish sheds the dreads

Friday, 7th February, 2020

Hamish Wood is shearing off his dreadlocks to raise money for those with Type 1 Diabetes like his niece August Keenan (left) and Emily Shoobridge. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Hamish Wood is shearing off his dreadlocks to raise money for those with Type 1 Diabetes like his niece August Keenan (left) and Emily Shoobridge. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

After four years of dedication to a hair-do that literally grew on him, Hamish Wood has only a few weeks left with his dreadlocks until he shaves them off to raise money for Type 1 Diabetes. 

In October last year Hamish’s niece, August Keenan, was diagnosed with the illness, although he was already aware of Type 1 Diabetes because his workmate David Shoobridge’s daughter Emily was diagnosed in 2018. 

After donating money to David last year when they participated in the Revolve 24 Hour Ride for the illness, Hamish decided this year he wanted to do more. 

“I said to him ‘if it’ll raise money I’ll shave my head’ because it was after I found out August was diagnosed I wanted to do a bit more than just throw some money in,” said Hamish. 

“That was before Christmas and he thought it was a bit of an idle chit chat thing and he rang me up mid-January and I said I put the promise in so I’ll do it.”

Hamish said his niece’s diagnosis opened his eyes to the illness.

“I think it was just an eye opener. You find out now there are so many people with it,” he said.

“There’s a lot of people that don’t know anything about it so the exposure and the understanding of how it comes about is a big thing.

“A lot of people say ‘it’s diet-related, you mustn’t be looking after your kids properly’ but it’s an illness. Part of the pancreas shuts down and like any other illness it’s not through anything but they were born with it.”

“I’ve found out since that some of my older friends have got it and in their adolescence and older years have been diagnosed and they’ve been healthy all their life.”

Hamish has just over three weeks left with his long hair before it gets the chop on Saturday, February 29, at the Barefoot Bowls fundraiser. 

“It’ll be four and a half years since I’ve had a haircut,” he said. 

“It started as a bet with a guy at work and he said ‘I’ll give you fifty bucks if you don’t cut your hair until Christmas’”

“I can’t remember what it was like without it. I honestly don’t know what it will feel like,” he said.

“If anyone wants to come down that day I’ll sell them dread by dread. If people want to put in some money they can cut them off themselves before I let a hairdresser try and tidy it up.”

Hamish encouraged everyone to donate “even if it’s just because they want to see me bald.”. 

The local JDRF Revolve Broken Hill fundraising page can be found on Facebook.

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