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06 December 2023
The boards will turn on an Edenhope shearer tomorrow when it is his turn to have his hair clipped.
Nathanial ‘Chubb’ Gula has been growing his hair for more than four years and will raise money for the Hunter Boyle children’s swim program with his big chop, before donating his hair for men’s wigs.
Mr Gula’s in-laws, Ash and Matt’s son Hunter Boyle, 2, died in August 2020 when he drowned in a farm dam.
He said he would have liked to cut his hair two years ago, but saw an opportunity to support a cause close to his heart.
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Hunter’s parents established the swim program, launched in 2021 in Shepparton.
Mr Gula said the program could one day reach the Wimmera.
“Hunter’s parents plan to see this rolled out across regional Victoria,” he said.
“Not everyone can afford swimming lessons, but every kid needs them.
“Hunter’s legacy is about making sure the most vulnerable families can access a vital service.”
Mr Gula said he thought about growing his hair ‘ridiculously’ long during COVID lockdowns and making it a way to raise awareness and money.
“Our whole extended family was shattered when we lost Hunty and this is another way to do something in his name,” he said.
Mr Gula will be dragged onto the boards and a hairdresser will chop his locks at Henley Park from 5pm.
The chop coincides with Edenhope Kindergarten’s Christmas party.
“It’s a perfect chance to remind kinder parents and guardians about the importance of water safety, in the lead-up to summer holidays,” Mr Gula said.
“We are also hoping to attract local sponsors and will have collection tins on the day.”
People can donate to Hunter Boyle children’s swim program at mycause.com.au/p/328677/chubb-gets-the-mop-chopped
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