Blokes brave the shave
A BUNCH of bearded blokes will "brave the shave" tomorrow night - but it's all for a good cause.
The East Lismore Bowl- ing Club has organised a fundraising event for the Cancer Council to raise awareness and money for men's cancer research.
At least two of the men preparing for the razor are desperate to have baby-smooth skin once again.
"I can't wait to get this beard off my face," Mark "Frosty" Harding of Lismore said.
"But I've never done anything like this before, and it's for charity, so I thought I'd give it a go."
The bowling club's Debbie Woodham said her uncle recently died after a battle with cancer. As part of the grieving process, she thought she would organise a fundraiser for the Cancer Council for the charity's "Shit Mates Don't Say" campaign.
It aims to encourage men to talk to each other about their health. Every year more men die of cancer than women and many deaths are preventable.
"I roped a few blokes in, and they've all been great," Ms Woodham said.
"One hasn't seen his face for more than 20 years.
"We'd love to make this an annual event. This year we're having wine and cheese tasting before the shave starts, and we've got a mega raffle and karaoke."
John Brown of Goonellabah is one of the men not so keen to lose his facial hair.
"I look like I'm about 12 without a beard," he said.
"But my wife shaved off her hair in March, and it was really, really long, so I guess this isn't too bad.
"She raised about $4000 for the Leukaemia Foundation, because her brother had it.
"At least my beard will grow back pretty quickly."
The cool winter air on his bare face is worrying motorbike rider Robert Livingstone, of Lismore.
"I've had a beard for about two years," he said.
"Usually I just have a goatee, but in the winter I let it get a bit woolly because it keeps me warm when I'm out riding."
Others involved in the great shave are Gavin Bourke, Peter Edwards and Russell Heilbronn.
Head to the East Lismore bowlo from 5pm tomorrow and support the brave blokes as they face up to being de-bearded.
Don't forget to bring your wallet for all those donations to the Cancer Council.
Some beard styles ...
Garibaldi: Wide, full beard with rounded bottom and integrated moustache
Circle beard/doorknocker: Small chin beard that connects around the mouth to a moustache.
Van Dyke: Goatee accompanied by a moustache.
Hollywoodian: A beard with integrated mustache that is worn on the lower part of the chin and jaw area, without connecting sideburns.
Hulihee: Clean-shaven chin with fat chops connected at the moustache.
Friendly Mutton Chops: Long muttonchop-type sideburns connected to a mustache, but with a shaved chin.