Red hair is caused by a rare recessive gene that occurs in less than two per cent of the human population. Once considered a sign of beauty, virility and even rulership, the trait has since become an object of bullying and ridicule - and the "rangas" have had enough.
On 29 April, Australian redheads are being urged to take part in a national Ginger Pride Rally organised by Buderim Ginger Beer and the Red and Nearly Ginger Association (RANGA for short). There will even be 'ginger speed dating' for redheaded singles to partake in. Here are the details.
The Ginger Pride Rally is an annual event based in Melbourne that is now in its second year. In 2016, the rally attracted over one thousand copper-headed Aussies and the event organisers are expecting a signficantly bigger turnout this year. Here's the spiel from the website:
Assemble your ginger and redhead #squad to celebrate our super powers, unique fiery manes, enviable moontan complexions and unbreakable spirit with a ginger rally starting in Federation Square, marching to celebrate uniqueness and diversity in the community. The march will be followed by a finishing festival back at Fed Square with free ginger beer, vigorous games of ‘Ginger Beer Pong’, photo booth fun, a kid’s activity zone hosted by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and for the first time ever ginger speed dating hosted by Singles Events Melbourne!
In addition, the organisers have recruited a lineup of red-headed bands and musicians to perform at the rally including The Vanns, Luize Scott and Brentwood. Non-gingers are also invited to attend on the condition that they "become" ginger for the day (temporary hair colour will be available at the rally.)
50 per cent of proceeds from the event will be donated to the Alannah & Madeline Foundation which advocates for the safety of children with an emphasis on anti-bullying. The march kicks off in Melbourne's Federation Square at 11am, 29 April.
Sunscreen will be provided, natch.
To register for the 2017 Ginger Rally, head to the official website.