Hair Cutting for Charity

Hair today but gone by 3pm on 30-09-2019

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Cutting It for Charity

He is a former Rotary club President and the face of a charity based on the Isle of Wight, she is a member of Brynmawr Rotary and the President of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland.

And the two are coming together later this month for a haircut with a difference.

Adrian Brewer heads up the charity Roll Out The Barrel, which he founded in 2006 after watching children in Africa carrying water over long distances. Adrian has worked with The Brynmawr Rotary Water Project and is a supportive friend of many of our members. 

Adrian, a former President of Vectis Sunrise, has been at the forefront of the charity which supplies a 30-litre Rotary water barrel with a handle and rubber tyres to towns and villages across Africa and has sent the LifeStraw products alongside his efforts whenever possible.

“We intend that the elderly, women and children who collect water, even from the closest of water sources or supply, will no longer need to carry it by hand, on their backs, on their heads of over their shoulders,” he said.

Now, as part of a joint fund-raiser, Adrian will be teaming up with Donna, on September 30th for a fund-raising haircut at The Rotary GBI Support Centre in Alcester, Warwickshire.

Donna, who runs her hairdressing salons in Brynmawr and Abertillery, South Wales, will be wielding the scissors and let loose on Adrian’s hair which has grown unfettered for 18 months.

Donna added "When Adrian asked me to take the scissors to his silver flowing locks I was delighted to say yes as we would be splitting the funds raised 50/50 between the 1240 Challenge to Get Moving to End Polio and the Roll Out the Barrel Trust.  This fun new sponsored activity for Polio in Rotary GBI will run annually and for 19/20 will cover any time in the period from 24th Oct 2019 to 3rd May 2020.   The more sponsorship Adrian gets the better as for every £826.66 Adrian raises 50% goes to Roll Out the Barrel = £413.33 and 50% to Polio = £413.33 to then be trebled by Gates to £1240 -  What fun activities will you be doing with the 1240 number included, based on the length of the Afghanistan Pakistan border which is more than 1240 miles. These are the only two countries in the world where we are still seeing wild poliovirus cases which is why 1240 is our magic number.  Get your whole community involved and let’s have some #Purple4Polio 1240 fun across Great Britain and Ireland."

Those locks with be donated to the Little Princess Trust the Hereford-based charity which provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young people up to the age of 24, who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other conditions.

The haircut will take place in the foyer of the Rotary Support Centre, adjacent to the model of the iron lung, a sober reminder of the damaging effects of polio.

This is not the first hair-raising stunt which Adrian has pulled. At the Rotary International convention in Toronto last year, he dyed his hair purple as a fund-raiser for Purple4Polio and we know all too well that Donna has been raising money for Polio with haircuts for many years. But this is a first! Never having cut a male Rotarians long hair off at the Rotary GBI Headquarters!

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