Mitchell goes all hairy to support a spe­cial char­ity

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

TWENTY-SEVEN-year-old Whit­sun­day res­i­dent Mitchell Blain is not don­ning a beard for fash­ion pur­poses.

Be­fore Jan­uary 1 this year, the miner said he didn’t even know he could grow a de­cent amount of fa­cial hair.

Mitchell Blain is grow­ing 365 days of hair as a char­ity fundraiser for the Mater foun­da­tion.

He has named his mis­sion ‘Salute to Seth’ after Seth Xavier Cam­bridge, a six-week-yearold child he knew, who died from Gas­troschi­sis in 2004.

Ever since Seth’s pass­ing, Mr Blain had been donat­ing $100 to the Mater foun­da­tion where Seth re­ceived his treat­ment.

“We have so much tech­nol­ogy in to­day’s world but we couldn’t save him.

“So I de­cided I need to do some­thing else and when I saw my tat­too I was re­minded that it’s been 10 years since Seth passed,” Mr Blain said.

He de­cided to ab­stain from drink­ing and smoking for a year and grow his hair.

“It was only sup­posed to be the hair on my head then ev­ery­one thought I meant my face, I said “nah I can’t grow a beard”,” Mr Blain said.

How­ever, 272 days later and he is sport­ing a very mas­cu­line and im­pres­sive beard.

Mr Blain has a Face­book page called ‘Mitch's Hair-raiser. Salute to Seth.’ which has more than 700 likes.

Ev­ery day he up­loads a ‘selfie’ dis­play­ing the length of his hair and peo­ple do­nate money to him.

So far Mr Blain has raised $13,239.40 with the hope of rais­ing $30,000 by the end of the year.

His fam­ily are moved by Mr Blain’s com­mit­ment to the cause.

He will shave off his hair at a spe­cial venue on De­cem­ber 31 with de­tails to be re­leased closer to date.

If you are in­ter­ested in fol­low­ing Mitchell Blain’s jour­ney or donat­ing, follow his Face­book page.

IN­CRED­I­BLE BEARD: Mitchell Blain's fa­cial and head hair over 272 days.

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