Josh Arens is determined to make a difference in the world.
After losing his fellow sibling Sam to cancer in 2019, the 11-year-old has decided to cut his very long blond hair to raise much-needed funds for the World’s Greatest Shave.
That will take place on 12 March.
But, in the meantime, he’s well on his way to reaching his goal of $25,000.
So far, Josh has amassed more than $15,000 and his crusade shows no signs of slowing down in the coming days.
On 1 March, the inspirational youngster set up a dais – for his lolly guessing competition – at a venue very close to his heart, Upper Reserve, the home of the Wallsend Touch Association.
“Josh’s been sitting on the sidelines at the Monday night mixed competition consistently since 2017, as he was too young to play, when his older brother was diagnosed with leukaemia,” mum Christine Arens said.
“His dad, Barry, tried to keep some semblance of ‘normality’ and fitness.
“But, with me in hospital most of the time with Sam, Josh had to become a ‘sideline kid’ to maintain that routine.
“He turns 12 this year and I’ve just registered him to join our team, Don’t Touch Me There, in F grade.
“Our side and the Wallsend Touch Association have been a welcoming and supportive weekly destination for Josh through some pretty tough times.
“We’re also thankful for the amazing community response to his Facebook campaign.”
Josh will return to the Lewis Street clubhouse next week to continue his fundraising quest, too.
“We’re more than delighted to help him,” Wallsend Touch Association admin officer Kellie Johnston said.
“In fact, it was great to see him play his first senior game in round one of our autumn comp [tonight].
“He’s sat on the sideline so patiently, itching to get out there with his family for years.
“Josh looked so happy out there.
“He’s an impressive young man – and we are pleased to support him as much as we can.
“That’s what this club is all about.”
To donate towards Josh’s cause, visit https://www.facebook.com/Joshua-Arens-Worlds-Greatest-Shave-110734161031687/