NEXT PLEASE: These bearded volunteers went under the razor during yesterday’s fundraiser for cancer at East Lismore Bowling Club. From left: Doug Ridley, Allan Brannigan, Tyler Bisgrave, John Brown, Robert Livingstone, Dean Parker, Garry Finnigan with organiser DJ Woodham front and centre.
NEXT PLEASE: These bearded volunteers went under the razor during yesterday’s fundraiser for cancer at East Lismore Bowling Club. From left: Doug Ridley, Allan Brannigan, Tyler Bisgrave, John Brown, Robert Livingstone, Dean Parker, Garry Finnigan with organiser DJ Woodham front and centre. Jamie Brown

Hairy ‘hipsters’ lose beards

IT WAS a case of hair today, gone tomorrow at the East Lismore Bowling Club yesterday.

With more than $3000 worth of prizes donated by an array of Lismore business houses, there was always going to be a good result for cancer research.

Organiser DJ Woodham said the Bearded Brave Shave emerged as a cancer fundraiser with a difference after her own uncle passed away from a rare brain tumour triggered by melanoma.

"My uncle was very aware of the sun and the slip, slop slap message," said DJ. "And he was always getting skin cancers cut out, but who would have known that a melanoma could turn into brain cancer.

"From the time he was diagnosed to his death was just three months, and afterwards I realised there was very little out there that was specific to men and cancer awareness."

DJ's determination has certainly helped to make the day a success, with so many businesses hit hard by economic pressures and yet still willing to donate to the cause.

Of course, Lismore Rotary Club helped out with the barbeque.

"Lismore businesses and the community in general just lift when they know something is for a good cause," said bowling club secretary manager Kevin Junee.

And as far as the bearded volunteers went, all were keen to lend their support, despite the fact that beards are once again regarded as high fashion.

Some, like Tyler Bisgrave, of Goonellabah, were anxious to retain the good look, considering that the 'hipster' look is quite popular.

But all agreed their wives and partners took a dim view of the facial hair.

"My wife hates it," admitted John Brown, of Lismore."

"But I reckon my six-month-old daughter will cry when she sees me clean shaven - she used to fall asleep in my arms holding onto it."

The wife of Doug Ridley, from Caniaba, has never seen her husband clean-shaven because the last time he sported a fresh face was back in the 1970s.

On the contrary, Garry Finnigan's wife knows all about her husband's clean skin.

In fact, she was the reason that Gary grew a beard.

"She bet me that I couldn't grow one, and I said to her: 'You just watch me!'"

So what will happen to all that hair?

It will be recycled, of course.

Doug's wife Joy Ridley said that the precious shavings would be made into felt with a likely end product being a hairy scarf - perhaps to warm the faces of those clean-shaven volunteers?



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