Clean shave raises $700

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Tara Whitsed

For the past four and a half years Greg Rob­son has been known for his dis­tin­guish­able beard.

But last week the Tatura man be­came al­most un­recog­nis­able when he shaved it off, rais­ing al­most $700 for Mul­ti­ple Sclero­sis Aus­tralia.

Mr Rob­son said he had be­come known as ‘‘chubby cheeks’’ around town after the shave, which took place at the Tatura Ho­tel on Satur­day, August 26.

‘‘The night was amaz­ing,’’ Mr Rob­son said.

After sev­eral gen­er­ous do­na­tions from lo­cal busi­nesses, Mr Rob­son held a raf­fle as well as col­lect­ing do­na­tions on the night.

‘‘Thank you to the peo­ple who do­nated money here and in Melbourne,’’ he said.

‘‘And thank you to the lo­cal busi­nesses like JB Small En­gines, Tatura Fam­ily Butch­ers, Kyabram Cal­tex, Tatura Bowl­ing Club, newsX­press Tatura who do­nated and peo­ple who bought raf­fle tick­ets.

‘‘And my beau­ti­ful mum and brother who bought a voucher and Melbourne busi­ness Cowes Coastal Can­dles and Home Decor.’’

Mr Rob­son said the whole fundrais­ing en­deav­our took him two weeks to or­gan­ise, which cul­mi­nated in a night of fun and laughs at the Tatura Ho­tel for the shave.

‘‘Melbourne-based coun­try artist Kayla Dwyer sung on the night and also shaved my beard,’’ he said.

He said he had been mo­ti­vated to raise the funds as a re­sult of be­ing close to peo­ple af­fected by MS.

‘‘Thank you to every­one for help­ing me to do this,’’ he said.

‘‘And to the amaz­ing staff at the Tatura Ho­tel.’’

Be­fore (right): Greg Rob­son cul­ti­vated his beard for four and a half years. Af­ter (far right): Tatura’s Greg Rob­son said it had been very cold since he shaved his beard for char­ity.

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