World record for Movem­ber

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An Auck­land bar­ber is be­lieved to have achieved a Guin­ness World Record by per­form­ing hun­dreds of free hair­cuts.

Bar­ber Bren­dan Blake, who prefers to be called Bundy, and his team of nine bar­bers cut 396 heads of hair be­tween 8.30am and 4.30pm at Auck­land’s Brit­o­mart Coun­try Club on Novem­ber 18, beat­ing the cur­rent record of 375 hair­cuts in eight hours.

The record at­tempt was de­signed to raise aware­ness for Movem­ber - a month-long men’s health cam­paign held an­nu­ally in Novem­ber.

Bundy opened his first bar­ber­shop, Boar and Blade in 2012 on Eg­mont St in Wellington with limited fi­nances.

Soon af­ter open­ing he was di­ag­nosed with tes­tic­u­lar can­cer.

‘‘When hear you have the c word, it hits you like you’ve just been in a car ac­ci­dent,’’ Bundy says.

‘‘I trucked on through, I got di­ag­nosed on the Mon­day and I was in emer­gency surgery on the Fri­day.

‘‘I had to go back to work and clients would send me home be­cause I was in so much pain but it kept my busi­ness alive.’’

Bundy says he was shocked when the doc­tor showed him his scans.

‘‘The whole tes­ti­cle had a big tu­mour in it and was full-blown can­cer.’’

He has been a sup­porter of Movem­ber for years and knows the im­por­tance of check­ing on your friends.

‘‘Go in once a year and get a check up, talk with your mates about it and check in on them too.’’

Movem­ber coun­try man­ager Robert Dunne said he couldn’t be hap­pier with the re­sult.

‘‘A lot of pos­i­tive talk has been gen­er­ated through Bundy about why he was do­ing this chal­lenge and we were proud to sup­port the team yes­ter­day in their at­tempt’’ Dunne says.

While of­fi­cial word on the world record is yet to be con­firmed by the Guin­ness Book of World Records, Bundy said he could not be prouder of his team’s ef­forts last Fri­day.

‘‘We knew it was go­ing to be tough, but this wasn’t some­thing we’ve done be­fore so couldn’t re­ally know just how hard it was go­ing to be.

‘‘But as the hours passed, the guys just fo­cused, dug deep and got the job done – they’re all a real credit to the Boar and Blade fam­ily,’’ Bundy says.

CHRIS MCKEEN

Bren­dan Blake (aka Bundy the Bar­ber) cuts Dar­ren Stasso’s hair in at­tempt to break a world record.

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