BACK for a second year, Mullets for Mental Health was launched in Invercargill on Tuesday with a Christchurch student getting a fresh cut.
Last year, Invercargill firefighters started the initiative to raise money for mental health awareness.
This month they are backing student Roy Ford with his efforts to raise money for Mike King’s I Am Hope charity.
While the 21-year-old Lincoln University student had donned a mullet cut before, this time it was for a cause seen a similar initiative on an Australian website and thought it was something he could get behind. In a week he raised $500.
It was important to support those with mental health problems, he said.
“Everybody knows in New Zealand, we do struggle a bit with that and support is kind of lacking so anything I can do to help make somebody’s day a bit better I’m happy to do it.”
Mr Ford had his hair cut at Kaos HQ Hair Salon in Invercargill, where $10 would be donated for every mullet cut as well as donations being taken.
Invercargill senior firefighter Waka Miller said they joined forces with other firefighters this year to not only raise money but also awareness.
“We’ve got firefighters in other parts of the country, in Dunedin and Christchurch as well who didn’t stop growing their mullets last year.”
He said part of their job was to respond to people who had taken their own lives.
“It would really be nice for me and all of us in our job if we can avoid that.
“It would be a shame if we didn’t do anything to try and stop that.”
Senior firefighter Ben Coley said it was about stimulating good, positive chat.
- To find out more go to the Mullets for Mental Health Facebook page, which also has a link to the Givealittle fundraising page.