Would you go for a dapper or dirty mullet for Doddie?
Next month, Selkirk prop forward Grant Forrest is challenging the UK and Ireland’s rugby-loving public to take part in a Movember-style ‘Dapper or Dirty Mullet Challenge’ for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.
The former Coca Cola, Peroni and Budweiser account manager dreamt up the idea at the beginning of June. Now, with the support of his former Old Albanian RFC teammate, South African Tommy Bednell, and his contacts in rugby and the drinks industry, the pair are on a mission to recruit participants across all four home unions.
‘’As a child of the ’90s, Doddie Weir was a rock star to me,” said the 33-year-old management consultant, “and it was apparent from day one of his diagnosis that his tenacious playing style would set the tone for his incredible fight against Motor Neurone Disease.”
Grant was inspired to launch his ‘mullet’ fund-raising campaign after watching Selkirk head coach Scott Wight and his seven team-mates complete their ‘Coast to Coast in 24 Hours Challenge’, having cycled, run, kayaked and walked from Scotland’s west to east coast – a total of 174 miles – all within the space of 24 hours.
“I decided to do something the whole rugby community could join in with this summer,” said Grant, “something that would annoy all our partners and grannies and hopefully put a smile on the country’s face.
“Taking Scotland and British and Irish Lions flanker Hamish Watson’s £150 George Street mullet as my muse,” added Grant, “I shaved the front threequarters of my head to create the ‘Dirty Borders Mullet’… and so the ‘Dapper or Dirty Mullet Challenge’ for My Name’5 Doddie Foundation was born!”
“So this July we’re challenging people to choose either Hamish's ‘Dapper Mullet’ or Grant's ‘Dirty Mullet’ style, book a trip to their local barber, and either, as an individual or as a group, sign up to participate at www.dapperdirtymullet4MN5D.co.uk.”
For all mullet-related news and trivia, you can follow Grant on Twitter @bossayawhing and on Instagram @grantforrest87 and donate to his Dirty Mullet Challenge JustGiving page by visiting justgiving.com/fundraising/dapperordirtymulletmn5d