FOR about two years Oscar Oultram has grown his hair. Wild and blonde it has come to frame his smiling face.
But next month Oscar, 5, will cut off and donate his locks to be made into a wig and given to someone who has lost their hair due to a medical condition.
It’s an altruistic act beyond his years.
But Oscar, who lost his mother Kathryn to SUDEP, a fatal complication of epilepsy, in 2012, knows his small donation could make a big difference for someone going through a tough time. “He had his last haircut when he was preparing to be a ring bearer in a wedding,” Oscar’s dad, Drew Oultram said.
“When it started to get some length about it, the idea was brought up and discussed by family members to donate it towards making a wig. “Since that idea came up, the family have all spoken to Oscar about how his hair would mean so much to a child who is going through a difficult period with illness, and whenever people commented on his hair he would always tell them that he's growing to donate. “We saw an opportunity to raise some money for Variety to compliment the hair donation.” Wigs can cost as much as $6000 and last between a year or two, meaning families can spend tens of thousands of dollars throughout a sick child’s youth.
Oscar – who will get his hair cut at Nicole Gallagher The Salon - has also raised nearly $4000 of his $5000 goal.
To donate to Oscar’s cause go to: alopecia.everydayhero.com/au/oscar
WARNING: SEINFELD REFERENCES
Topics has a quandary.
We want to attend the Seinfeld-themed trivia at the Sydney Junction Hotel next month. However, we do not yet have a champion-calibre Seinfeld-themed trivia team name. “Big deal!” (Bizarro Jerry, 1996), you might think. Topics doesn’t need a fancy trivia name to show off our “Seinowledge”.
That’s what the trivia is for.
With that attitude, you’d probably have us go with something like “The Soup Nazis”, “The Urban Sombreros” or “The Big Salads”.
Too obvious!!! (The Sniffing Accountant, 1993). You see Topics believes that a trivia name reveals a lot about a team and its members. Come up with something original, clever and funny and it can inspire your team to victory or take the sting out of a close loss. “Chin up “Nude Backgammon with Swimsuit Models!” (The Suicide, 1992), at least we had the best name,” you might tell your teammates, reassuringly.
Or when you’re down by a few points heading into the final round, your captain could remind you “Hey, is this how “Geoffrey Harharwood’s spectacles” (The Gum, 1995) wants to go out?”
But what approach should one take when selecting a team name?
Do you go ultra-obscure, one for only the die-hard Seinfeld fans who have read the scripts and listened to the audio-commentaries? Maybe call your team “Kramer’s Reality Tour” after real-life Kenny Kramer’s Seinfeld-centric bus ride through New York City that, more than 15 years after the series finale, still sells out.
Perhaps a play on words on one of the show’s themes or quotes. Something like “Kruger Industrial Answering” (The Slicer, 1997). The real problem is there are too many potential team names to choose from.
The show produced more referenceable material than anything else in pop culture history. We’ve narrowed our team name down to these few.
Either “Feels Like An Arby's Night” in honour of David Puddy, one of our favourite recurring characters on the show.
Or maybe, “(Quiz) Master of Their Domain”. What would you call your team? The trivia night is free and starts at 7pm on December 15. Head to the SJ’s Facebook page for more details. Hope to see you there.