Port Lincoln boy fundraises to help Ronald McDonald House

CLIPPERS: Tyler Males prepares himself for the haircut, which will be done by Sonya Wilson from Hair Studio. Photo: supplied

CLIPPERS: Tyler Males prepares himself for the haircut, which will be done by Sonya Wilson from Hair Studio. Photo: supplied

A Port Lincoln boy will shave off his mullet in a charity fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House after being inspired by a local girl going through a battle with leukaemia.

Tyler Males, 11, set a goal of $1000 to raise before he would shave his hair, which he has grown for the past three years and was about one foot long.

He would surpass the goal within 24 hours and as of Friday, May 7, Tyler has managed to raise $1510.

Tyler said he was inspired by Gabriella Preuss, 2, who has been diagnosed with leukaemia and after seeing a video which showed how she was losing her hair due to treatment he decided to shave off his locks.

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"When Shannon and Kyl (Preuss) sent that video...I went to Mum and I said 'I want to shave my hair off for Gabby'," he said.

Tyler said it was "heartbreaking" to learn what Gabriella was going through but it was heartwarming to see the support that had been shown.

After a suggestion from a family friend, Tyler decided to raise money for Ronald McDonald House, which assists families of children needing to travel to Adelaide for treatment.

Tyler's parents Dennis Males and Allysha Turnbull have fully supported their son's efforts.

"Tyler has been close to Gabby since she was born, they even made a TikTok video together," Ms Turnbull said.

SUPPORT: Tyler Males shows his support for Gabriella Preuss. Photo: supplied

SUPPORT: Tyler Males shows his support for Gabriella Preuss. Photo: supplied

Tyler was originally going to shave at the Poker Run for Gabriella on April 26, which raised funds for the Preuss family, but was recommended to hold off and see how much he could raise.

While a date for the haircut has yet to be set, the family is looking at May 22 when Boston, who Tyler plays junior football for, hosts Mallee Park.

Hairdresser Sonya Wilson from Hair Studio will have the honour of shaving off Tyler's hair.

Tyler said it felt great to be able to "do something good for Gabby".

People can donate to Tyler's fundraiser by contributing to the collection tin at Port Lincoln Primary School or donating directly to the 'Fundraiser' account, BSB: 062 692, account number: 4456 3506.

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