If Kai was looking for a way to stand out from the crowd – he’s found it.

The Melton South eight year-old, who celebrates his birthday this week, felt inspired to dye his hair bright red to mark the World’s Greatest Shave recently.

His commitment to the cause, which is one of the Leukaemia Foundation’s major fundraisers for blood cancer, is what encouraged mum Tiegan Wilson to lop off her own locks for the charity.

“He just came up to me one day and asked me if he could colour his hair to raise money for the World’s Greatest Shave,” Ms Wilson said. “We got our family and friends to donate and he got to choose a colour… he was really excited.

“My awesome little dude Kai took the initiative to colour his hair and raise money and it gave me that push to do the same.

“I am ever so proud of Kai.”

Ms Wilson cut off about 25 centimetres of her hair which will be used to make wigs.

Together the pair collected $260 for their effort which was donated to the Worlds Greatest Shave on their behalf by Melton salon Lady and the Hair. The salon also hosted a free haircut event to raise money.

The total donation by the business was $2339.35.