‘Wom­bat’ goes for char­ity

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­tures: Bruce Hunt www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d466554

Ja­cob McGuire be­fore and af­ter the shave.

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