You can’t miss Sia Soliola. He’s big, he’s strong, and his head of enormous hair makes him stand out wherever he goes. And he knows how to make an impact on the field with the Canberra Raiders.
But Sia also makes an enormous impression off the field, as a community leader in Canberra.
He’s an ambassador for several charities, and volunteers to feed the homeless in Civic.
When he approached Kulture Break with an offer to raise funds through shaving his fro, he had in mind Kulture Break’s outreach efforts to children from disadvantaged backgrounds, or who are disabled.
The shave event was held on 22 November at the Harvey Norman Commercial Showroom in Mitchell. Members of the Raiders, Kulture Break and Canberra’s business communities enjoyed an afternoon of snacks, drinks and the photobooth.
There were music and dance performances by Kulture Break’s Elevate Academy, and an interview session with Sia and Ricky.
A highlight of the afternoon was the Viking Clap dance performed by Sia and his Raiders teammates Josh Papalii, Michael Oldfield and Siliva Havili. Considering that they only learned the routine two days before, they did a great job on the day. There were a lot of smiles and laughter on the stage and amongst the crowd.
But the main event was Sia’s shave, and it was hilarious. Renee of Meki Hair sat him down and draped him in the hairdresser’s robe, and started to segment his hair into sections – then took the scissors and chopped off the ponytails, to much laughter.
There were some nervous moments when Josh Papalii and Ricky Stuart took the clippers to do the proper shaves, but all ended well when Renee took back control.
In the end, to many cheers and claps, the freshly shaved Sia emerged!
The final fundraising total was $50,000, eclipsing the target of $20,000.
Sia’s support of Kulture Break’s wellbeing, inclusion and mental health initiatives will always be valued. He is a champion and a humanitarian, and Kulture Break is so honoured to receive his generosity!