A TEENAGER waved goodbye to his locks as he attempted to raise funds for a dream trip to Africa.
Joseph Davies went under the hair trimmers at Brownz, in Horninglow Road, as he prepared to fly out to the west African nation of Togo.
But his visit will be no jolly – he is making the journey having been accepted as a volunteer for Y Care, a charity which supports vulnerable young adults overseas.
Being a student, Joseph wasn’t exactly flush with cash, so to help meet costs for the venture, Joseph, of Wyggeston Street, Horninglow, settled on losing his hair.
With nothing in particular inspiring him as he neared the end of his studies, Joseph decided he would continue doing what he loved to do the most – helping people.
Joseph said: “I’ve tried a couple of things at college but there isn’t really anything that interests me enough to say ‘that is what I want to do’, but volunteering is what drives me.
After applying to become a volunteer, the 19-year-old was delighted when he was told the news that he had been accepted to join Y Care’s efforts in western Africa.
While out in Togo, Joseph will come across people who have got into trouble or need support for various reasons, be it those who are homeless or have ended up in prison.
He said: “I have always wanted to go into volunteering and do something where I am able to help people. Now this has given me the chance to do that. I’m really looking forward to it.”
People can still support Joseph by donating at www.justgiving.com/joseph-davies