A close shave for Movem­ber

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Perera

Jos van Helfteren has grown quite at­tached to his beard af­ter 13 years, and he does not cut it off for any cause.

Mr van Helfteren, a for­mer res­i­dent turned fly-in, fly-out worker with Rio Tinto — known as Kar­ratha’s “hairy hippy” — has fi­nally caved in to pop­u­lar de­mand to lose the beard for the sake of Movem­ber.

He is run­ning a joint cam­paign with friends Robert Burns and Glenn Vi­vian, who are grow­ing fa­cial hair while he is los­ing it. The trio are aim­ing to raise $10,000 to $20,000 and are cur­rently at just un­der $4000.

There will be an auc­tion for who gets to cut Mr van Helfteren’s beard, and if to­tal do­na­tions reach $20,000, he will cut his hair as well.

See Mr van Helfteren lose his beard on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 1, from 6pm to 9pm at Searip­ple Kar­ratha.

Pic­ture: Jos van Helfteren

Jos van Helfteren, front, with friends Robert Burns and Glenn Vi­vian.

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