Aaron’s afro makes some dough

Aaron Erbacher with his afro, grown over 12 months. Pictures: STACEY GARRETT

Gatton carpenter, Aaron Erbacher, chopped off a year’s worth of hair on Sunday 24 March.

The council worker said he started growing his afro 12 months ago after being egged on by his colleague Grant Pegg.

“I was working with a fella and he said ‘can you grow an afro’ and I said ‘yeah I can grow an afro’,” Aaron said.

“He said ‘I bet you, you can’t’ so I said ‘I bet you, I can, I bet you fifty bucks’.”

Twelve months later, Mr Erbacher decided it was time to do something with his new found curls, opting to shave for a cure and raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

He had raised $400 before the snip even took place, and held the shave at Bellevue Hotel, Coominya.

“As soon as I put it up the locals there were straight onto it and were the first sponsors, so I thought, you know, I may as well go and cut it off there,” Aaron said.

Fundraising supporter and Ray White Laidley/Gatton agent Stacey Garrett said Aaron raised more than $1,000 on the day of the shave.

“He has become very passionate about any relevant charity groups that support help for children whether it be leukaemia, multiple sclerosis, or a number of other charities, he has always offered to help in any way he could,” Ms Garrett said.

“It’s such a wonderful cause and Aaron thought why not take the opportunity to support and help raise money after he started growing his hair.”

Aaron said you never know what could happen.

“You see a few people go through cancer, and you go ‘I may as well try and give them back something’,” he said.

“A little bit of hair can give a lot.

“One day it could happen to you, so every little bit helps.

To support Aaron, visit my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/aaronerbacher