HAIR TODAY: Barry Johnson, left, Jason Sizeland, of The Barbers Shed, Detective Jason Overland, Mark Guy and Joe Borg before the shave as part of Movember at Caloundra RSL to raise awareness of men's health issues.
HAIR TODAY: Barry Johnson, left, Jason Sizeland, of The Barbers Shed, Detective Jason Overland, Mark Guy and Joe Borg before the shave as part of Movember at Caloundra RSL to raise awareness of men's health issues. Erle Levey

Movember hairy men know: the first cut is the deepest

IN SCENES reminiscent of the AB "Banjo” Paterson's classic poem The Man From Ironbark, five men have had their flowing beards, hair and moustaches shaved off at Caloundra RSL.

GONE TOMORROW: Joe Borg, left, Barry Johnson, Detective Jason Overland, Jason Sizeland, of The Barbers Shed and Mark Guy after the shave
GONE TOMORROW: Joe Borg, left, Barry Johnson, Detective Jason Overland, Jason Sizeland, of The Barbers Shed and Mark Guy after the shave Erle Levey

It was all for a good cause with several thousand dollars already raised during the month as part of Movember: an initiative to raise awareness of men's health issues - particularly to aid prostate cancer research.

Caloundra RSL sub-branch president Pat Horgan, who paid $100 at auction to be involved in the shaving, said the fundraising was not finished yet.

"We are still receiving money towards it,” he said.

"The fundraising has been very successful.

"We had five participants for the shaving and hair-cutting on stage at the RSL club.

"One from the police, a member of the RSL club and three from the Caloundra RSL sub-branch.

"We have already raised several thousand dollars. On Friday night alone, we raised over $1000 while the shaving was taking place.”

On Friday night, a member of the public handed over a Tag Heuer watch he had won and asked for it to be raffled.

"That is going to be very substantial,'' Mr Horgan said.

The change in the RSL members' appearances before and after the shave was so significant that they have had to get new photo ID for their memberships to get them into the club again.

Former president Barry Johnson has had a flowing beard since 1997.

It is the third time he has had it cut since leaving the army in the 1970s.

"When I first cut it off, my wife cried,” he said, while thanking everyone for being involved this year.

"I was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year and had it seen to. I just want to thank everyone for supporting us.''

Mr Horgan paid $100 at auction to have the first cut of Barry's beard.

Former serviceman David Brennan paid $50 at auction to have first cut of the hair on his head.

Others to have their moustache, beard or hair cut to raise awareness of men's health issues were Detective Jason Overland and Mark Guy, of Caloundra RSL

Another was Joe Borg, who has had a beard for 40 years. His grandchildren Dylan and Taylah came along for support.

Jason Sizeland, of The Barbers Shed, performed the cutting.


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