Brisbane Scientist Shaves Metre-Long Dreadlocks For Charity
24. May 2017
Paul Zerafa had been growing his dreadlocks for 12 years, but it only took minutes for them to be removed.
The haematology scientist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital shaved off his knee-length dreads on Friday after raising about $9000 in less than a month for the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest
Mr Zerafa shaved at the hospital, where he has worked for 10 years, and said he was blown away by the support of colleagues and friends who donated to the cause.
"Everyone's been so supportive, all my colleagues, my friends, just people in the street," he said.
The scientist works with the haematologists who help treat leukaemia patients at the PAH, which is why he decided to shave.
"You come in to work and you see these patients who are affected by leukaemia," he said.
"[I just thought] it would just be great to show them some support."
The hospital's World's Greatest Shave event raised more than $11,000. So far, more than $2 million has been raised in Queensland, with $9.3 million raised nationally.
The Leukaemia Foundation's Scott Mullins said it was "inspiring" to see so many people dontate to help beat blood cancer.
"Paul and thousands of others like him are making a huge sacrifice this weekend to raise the money that will fund life-saving research and support for the 60,000 Australians living with a blood
"The Leukaemia Foundation's work simply wouldn't be possible without that support."
As for Mr Zerafa's dreads, the scientist said he would keep them but he would not be growing them back.
"I'll keep them as a souvenir of my youth," he said.
"No, I'm not going to grow them back. I'll grow [my hair] out a little bit but I don't think they'll ever be as good as that, so I won't be growing them back again I don't think."