Joshua Cathie is sporting a new look after lockdown, doing a 360 from an afro do - to a mullet.
The Inverell High School student is one of the first to take on the iconic Aussie hairstyle as part of a bigger push from the SRC to raise money for the Black Dog Institute.
"I'm way more streamlined now," he laughed.
"When I first had my afro and I had to take the mask on and off, it got caught on the hair on the side. The first thing I noticed after was the mask, it went straight over my ears!"
All levity aside, he said the impact of COVID and lockdowns on the mental health of students was something that needed to be noticed.
"Our school has gone through a fair bit with mental illness," he explained.
"And with COVID, it was a bit difficult being at home with no socialising or any outlet, so it allowed all the feelings to accumulate and build up.
"We needed to raise awareness of that, and people have been really supportive - we got amazing, generous donations from businesses in town."
He has raised just shy of $1300, and it's just the kind of phenomenal effort Emily Hart, from the science faculty, was looking for when the idea sparked.
"I saw the event being advertised on social media and thought, that is something the students at our school could really get behind, seeing as half of them have mullets already," Ms Hart, now sporting a mullet herself, laughed.
The SRC then ran with the Mullets for mental Health idea, and have already raised a grand total of $5000.
"It was an initiative we've all put together, as a way to show that Inverell High School has a strong commitment to mental health research, and a commitment to the wellbeing of our students," SRC member Max McFarlane said.
This Friday will see something of a school-only mullet blitz, with eager students lining up to get the shave at lunchtime, donning their best 'Mufti' clothes, with chocolates and a sausage sizzle set to garner more donations.
Donate here: www.teamblackdog.org.au/fundraisers/ihsmulletmates.
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