Mullet fundraiser makes an impact

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MORE than $9000 has been raised for mental health awareness through the mullet-growing initiative Mullets for Mental Health.

Started by Invercargill firefighters in September, November 30 marked the last day of the campaign that aimed to get people talking about mental health.

Senior firefighter Waka Miller said the campaign may have done some good as he was told helplines had received more calls since the initiative began.

He said emergency services are often called to disturbing or traumatic scenes and it was important to take care of personal mental health, as well as be aware of the free resources available to everyone.

Hair salon Kaos was also involved, and donated $10 for every mullet they cut; having contributed $1415 a few Southlanders must have donned the hairstyle for the cause.

Kaos owner-operator Michael Diack said an example of it helping was through one of is clients — ‘‘It’s a great idea to do this, it’s to support mental health.He was very cagey about it but we got into conversation after [cutting his hair] and actually, he was going to kill himself . . . What Waka, Ben and Dom have started, they’ve saved someone’s life already.’’

Those involved in the initiative celebrated at the Invercargill Lone Star on Saturday night; Lone Star also helped with the fundraiser.

All money donated will go to the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

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