The Gosnells Hawks Football Club were preparing to fundraise for beyondblue in a bid to promote good mental health and tackle the stigma attached to mental disorders amongst men.
Hawks player and fundraising coordinator Nathan Hansen said the league team would be wearing specifically-designed jumpers based around beyondblue.
“Players will buy these jumpers and the money raised will go towards beyondblue,” he said.
Mr Hansen said this was the fourth year the club had done the charity round and had raised more than $19,000 over three years.
“This year we have three young men who have put their hair on the chopping block to be shaved on the night after the game,” he said.
League captain Luke Chapman and brothers Wade and Caleb Goodhew who lost their father to cancer a few years ago will be the three shaving their heads.
Mr Chapman jokingly said he was shaving his head because he wanted to look like actor Vin Diesel but he also wanted to support a worthy cause and raise awareness for men’s health.
Wade Goodhew said he would still look good with whatever haircut he had.
“I thought to myself why not do a shave and try and raise money for a worthy cause in beyondblue,” he said.
“In the context of a local footy club I’m also trying to dispel some stigma attached to mental health.”
Mr Goodhew’s brother Caleb Goodhew said he had seen depression and anxiety affect many people close to him.
“After seeing how much good work beyondblue does for a lot of people I am more than happy to shave my head,” he said.
“It’s such a little thing which contributes to make a big difference to so many lives.”
To donate to the cause head to Go Fund Me and search GFC head shave beyondblue.
The club will hold its fundraiser on July 1 together with a Gosnells football charity round at Gosnells Oval.