Photos: David Vincent Rocca
An Adelaide barber is raising money to support South Australians with autism and their families, by completing a 24 hour non-stop barber session.
Grant Freedman, from Henley’s The Fellow Barber, will be cutting masterful mullets, fades, trims and shaves for a solid 24 hours on June 27, starting at 10am and cutting continuously through to the following morning.
During his 11-year career UK-born Grant has looked after a number of clients with autism and always wanted his chair to feel like a safe place for those who might find a busy barber shop overwhelming.
The close bond Grant formed with his clients formed his inspiration to take on the mammoth barbering session, where he will complete a staggering 48 hair cuts back-to-back, with 100% of the proceeds from the event going to local charity, Autism SA.
Within three days of announcing his challenge, all 48 available slots were gone, and the charitable barber has already raised over $1000 before the challenge has even begun.
Grant is encouraging those who didn’t nab a coveted slot to pop down to The Fellow Barber Henley on the day, where there will be a charity box for on-the-spot donations as well as drinks from site neighbours Cellarbrations bottle shop to keep spectators refreshed throughout the event.
Autism SA was founded in 1964 and provides access to the best information, education, treatment and support for people with autism and their families. With over 13,000 registered individuals on the autism spectrum, Autism SA’s workforce of over 290 dedicated staff provide a huge range of services and support in clinics, at home and at schools, looking to build community capacity that improves the social and economic contribution of people on the spectrum.
Donating to support Grant’s incredible task will directly support local South Australians with autism and their families.
Donate to Grant’s Go Fund Me page here.
Find The Fellow Barber at 30/330-334 Seaview Rd, Henley Beach.