Mackay Cutters skipper Cooper Bambling put it all on the line for charity last month, with his celebrated mullet getting the chop for charity.
After more than a year of growing, his luscious locks were shaved off at the club’s recent Lads Lunch, their annual charity fundraising event.
The annual Mackay Cutters Lads Lunch this year also featured special guest speakers including FOGS Greg Conescu and Wally Fullerton Smith and saw more than 150 local business representatives and local dignitaries attend.
As well as Bambling, Brodie Saltmarsh, representing Mackay Cutters principal partners QCCS also shaved off his beard which was a huge deal, having sported facial hair for more than a decade.
Bambling’s shave raised $3060 with the proceeds shared between Breast Cancer Research and Change Game Mackay Cutters Mental Health Initiative; while Mr Saltmarsh’s shave raised $2230 for charity.
Speaking to the QRL before the event, Bambling shared why he had chosen to donate to these two causes.
“Obviously, being Breast Cancer Awareness month this month; I had a couple of close, good friends lose their mums in the past few years, I chose the Cancer Council (as a cause to donate to)," Bambling said.
“And also, Change the Game. Mental health, I think that’s affected anyone who has played football ... we have all lost a mate or know someone who has lost a mate, so I think that’s a great cause there, mental health, Change the Game, and that’s one run by the Cutters.”
According to Mackay Cutters administration and finance manager Linda Matsen; in total, the money raised on the day for charitable causes was more than $12,0000 – a huge achievement.