WHEN family and friends would say "get a haircut you hippie" little did they know the reason behind Clinton Butler's endeavour to grow his hair long. And after he explained the snide remarks where swiftly taken back.
Mr Butler decided more than three years ago he wanted to help those affected by cancer such as leukaemia and took on the challenge to grow his hair.
This would not only to raise money but also mean he could donate the hair to a Brisbane company which would use the real hair to make wigs for children who have been affected by leukaemia and lost their own hair.
"A good friend got me on to this - he did it but he had to send his hair to an American company, Locks of Love, now three years later I will be able to send mine to a Brisbane company, Tango Hair," he said.
"The hair will be turned into a wig for a kids and it cost me nothing so why not?
"The only requirement was my hair had to be 'virgin hair' which meant all natural, no dyes, perms etc."
When asked if he had ever grown his hair long in the past Mr Butler said only in the '80s when he sported a mullet.
And after three years of taking care of the precious hair which would go on to make a little child smile Mr Butlers hair was cut on Sunday measuring 42cm long.
He said the journey was made easier with the assistance from a local hair salon, Hair Force One, which helped him keep it healthy.
"The girls there were great, they showed me how to take care of it and would often give it a trim so it was healthy hair for the wig," he said.
Along with donations from family, friends and strangers Mr Butler said he was touched when his partner's 11-year-old son gave all his savings.
"He came out on the weekend and opened his money box and said he wanted to give all the money to the cause," Mr Butler said.
"I asked if he was sure as he had saved for more than a year and he was certain. These are the things that touch your heart."
Mr Butler said at this stage he was the highest fundraiser in Bundaberg and there was still time for the community to help.
"People can go online and make a donation until the end of May," he said.
"So far I have raised $4747 and my goal is $10,000."
To donate to Mr Butler go to http://www.leukaemiafoundation.org.
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