‘Wombat’ goes for charity
JACOB McGuire shaved off his magnificent beard for The World’s Greatest Shave at Belvidere’s Bar & Bistro on March 18.
The event raised $4000 for the Leukaemia Foundation to fight blood cancer.
Bar manager Michelle Herron said she offered Mr McGuire any funds raised by the bar if he also agreed to shave his head.
“Nobody is going to recognise me,” Mr McGuire said, “I’ll look like a skinhead.”
Mr McGuire said losing his beard brought a tear to his eye.
“I wouldn’t even shave it for my sister’s wedding,” he said.
“She said I had to shave my beard to look presentable but I said, ‘nah, I don’t love you that much’.”
Mr McGuire said he had been hirsute for three years and the shave was a long time coming.
“Every time I visit my mum, she says, ‘shave that bloody wombat off your face, no wonder I don’t have a daughter-in-law and grandbabies’.”
He said he would miss it but shaving was worth the money raised for the Leukaemia Foundation.
“Everyone hates cancer and if I can raise a whole lot of money to get rid of that, well, I’m doing it for a good cause,” he said.
Mr McGuire was worried his beagle puppy wouldn’t recognise him but said removing the beard had other compensations.
“I’ll be able to eat all the marinated chicken wings and ribs I want without having to go out back after eating to get hosed down,” he said.
Jacob McGuire before and after the shave.