Flying Dutchman shaves head for a cause

ONE FM 91.3 radio deejay Mark van Cuylenburg, otherwise known as the Flying Dutchman, agreed to lose his locks after a dare on air with fellow presenter and executive producer, Andre Hoeden.
ONE FM 91.3 radio deejay Mark van Cuylenburg, otherwise known as the Flying Dutchman, agreed to lose his locks after a dare on air with fellow presenter and executive producer, Andre Hoeden.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
ONE FM 91.3 radio deejay Mark van Cuylenburg, otherwise known as the Flying Dutchman, agreed to lose his locks after a dare on air with fellow presenter and executive producer, Andre Hoeden.
ONE FM 91.3 radio deejay Mark van Cuylenburg, otherwise known as the Flying Dutchman, agreed to lose his locks after a dare on air with fellow presenter and executive producer, Andre Hoeden.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - Crowds gathered on Saturday (June 2) to watch one man shave his head for a good cause.

One FM 91.3 radio deejay Mark van Cuylenburg, otherwise known as the Flying Dutchman, had his head shaved by a hairdresser at the Great World City Atrium in front of a crowd of about a hundred.

The 62-year-old deejay sportingly agreed to lose his locks after a dare on air with fellow presenter and executive producer, Andre Hoeden.

He agreed to do so on the condition that $10,000 was raised in donations for The Straits Times Pocket Money Fund (SPMF).

The fund provides pocket money to students from low-income families or those with a per capita gross monthly income of $625 and below. This is arrived at by taking the gross household income and dividing it by the number of family members living together. The pocket money is meant for them to buy food during recess and pay for other school-related expenses. The SPMF helps about 10,000 students a year.

As of Saturday, the Flying Dutchman has helped raise over $30,000 for the fund, including a $20,000 donation from Bengawan Solo, far surpassing his initial goal.

Aside from charity, he also shaved his head - a familiar rite of passage for Singaporean sons - for another reason.

The popular deejay , who is of Dutch heritage, is a Singaporean, said he did so to salute full-time NS men. He has never done national service.

"I made a promise, I kept the promise!" he exclaimed to cheering crowds after he turned bald.

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.