Graham Buchner’s beard is shaved off on Saturday.
Graham Buchner’s beard is shaved off on Saturday.

Happy to lose hair for leukaemia

TWO momentous things happened almost simultaneously at the weekend.

And they were both to do with hair.

Andy Wilson shaved his beard off for the first time since 1999 and Graham Buchner, 70, shaved off the first beard he has ever had.

And all for the one cause – the Leukaemia Foundation World’s Greatest Shave, which was held at the Rose City Shoppingworld on Saturday.

Mr Buchner – who has been on a mission to raise $5000 all year – said getting the beard removed was a “slightly different” feeling.

“I don’t think I’ve had a beard before but (having the beard) never worried me, it just means instead of shaving you had to shampoo,” he said after having the beard removed.

Mr Buchner said growing the beard all came about from a holiday to Melbourne, which his daughter shouted him tickets to.

“I said if I’m going on holidays I’m not shaving,” he said.

“I thought I’d leave it on awhile and see how it went. I might grow it again for another cause but I’ll stay clean shaven otherwise I think.”

Warwick World’s Greatest Shave organiser Mike Keim said about 40 people either shaved or coloured their hair at Rose City Shoppingworld on Saturday.

However, he said they were not sure how much money had been raised yet due to more people now registering online.



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