Close to 100 people gathered yesterday to watch ONE FM 91.3 radio deejay Mark van Cuylenburg, or the Flying Dutchman, get his head shaved at the Great World City Atrium.
The 62-year-old deejay sportingly agreed to lose his locks after a dare on air with fellow presenter and executive producer Andre Hoeden, on the condition that $10,000 was donated to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (SPMF). The fund provides students from low-income families with pocket money to buy food during recess and to pay for other school-related expenses. The SPMF helps about 10,000 students a year.
As of yesterday, more than $30,000 had been raised, far surpassing his initial goal. Aside from doing it for charity, he also shaved his head - a familiar rite of passage for Singaporean sons - to salute full-time national servicemen.
The popular Singaporean deejay, who is of Dutch heritage, exclaimed to cheering crowds: "I made a promise, I kept the promise!"
Those still hoping to chip in to the SPMF can do so until the end of this month by searching "One FM" on www.giving.sg.