Kurt’s cut raises thousands

M and K Butcher Brothers co-owner Kurt Brown shaved his dreadlocks to raise more than $5,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation. Pictures: JACOB HAYDEN

M and K Butcher Brothers in Lowood was a buzz of excitement on Saturday morning 6 April as local butcher Kurt Brown went under the clippers, shaving his dreadlocks for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Kurt was dreading shaving the hair he had grown over the past six years, but was encouraged by the turnout from the community.

“I’m surprised how much support we’ve had, it’s good for the community and for ourselves,” he said.

“I had a goal of $5,000, and we’re over that now.”

Locals paid $5 each to cut off a dread, and a sausage sizzle was also held to raise funds.

“I had one generous business owner donate $1,000 to take the eyebrows off, that was Justin from Meat-Trans,” Kurt said.

“It was a bit of a joke for him, he said ‘how much to take them off?’

“I said $1,000, and next minute there was $1,000 in the account.”

Kurt was joined by Leukaemia Foundation Lockyer Brisbane Valley Branch treasurer and Glamorgan Vale local Geoff Beattie and supporter Don Schimke.

Geoff thanked Kurt and the sponsors for organising the Shave for a Cure.

“It’s a big thing for someone to do his dreadlocks off,” Geoff said.

“It’s a very special occasion.”

Don lost his fiancé, Azalia Evans, to aggressive leukaemia two and a half years ago and has grown his hair out since that time.

“It cut her down in six weeks from when she was diagnosed, we had no time to do much at all,” Don said.

“She was as strong as a mallee bull, working out in the garden 7-8 hours a day, but it just cut her down.

“For a healthy person like that, I’ve never seen someone get cut down so quick.

“I saw what Kurt was doing and thought I’d do it with him, it’s a good cause.”

Donations are still open, to support Kurt’s fundraising, visit: my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/kurtbrown