Peakhurst resident walking for a cause

Leslie Gover with his daughter Emeline

Leslie Gover with his daughter Emeline

If you live in Peakhurst, there's a good chance you've seen a man in a bright blue shirt and mohawk walking the streets.

There's a good reason for the potentially questionable hairdo - Leslie Gover is raising money for charity.

The 60-year-old is taking part in Camp Quality's Big Walk for Little Kids, which sees participants try to walk as much as they can during the month of September and raise funds to help the charity assist kids with cancer.

Mr Gover first took part in the campaign last year as he was looking for a good cause to donate his time to, and was keen to take part again this year.

He has already walked more than 250 kilometres since the last week of August and has raised far more than his goal of $2500.

"It's blown me away," Mr Gover said.

"I didn't even expect to reach my goal with it being a COVID year and lots of people having their own money worries. I thought, if I get half of my goal, I'll still be happy.

"But people's generosity is astounding.

"They'll do it for the kids - these kids give you so much inspiration with the way they handle their ordeals and don't complain."

Mr Gover is raising money for Team Grace, supporting a girl from the Newcastle region whose attitude inspired him.

He saw Grace has posted thank you signs for the Big Walk participants and wanted to direct his donations to her team.

"The stories you hear of the kids inspire you to do more, to try harder," Mr Gover said.

"The poor kids haven't lived their life yet. I'm 60 so I've lived most of my life already - the little kids haven't had a chance and it just makes you want to do something to help."

Mr Gover said he was so grateful to his neighbours, his friends, his colleagues and his family for their support and donations.

He said his nephew offered a $300 donation if he got a mohawk, which he was more than happy to do.

"I actually don't mind the mohawk now," Mr Gover said.

"My 13-year-old daughter was sceptical at first, but now she doesn't think I look too bad."

Mr Gover has since dyed his hair bright red, and already plans to dye it bright blue - Grace's favourite colour - next year.

He said he was grateful to anyone else who wanted to donate to the cause.

"If possible, please help me raise a bit more money for these kids going through a tough time," he said.

"With Camp Quality, they try to let them have a bit of a childhood and have a laugh.

"I appreciate anything you can do to help."

To donate to Mr Gover's campaign, click here or visit and search for 'Leslie' in the 'Find a Friend' search field.