JACOB McGuire will shave off his magnificent beard for The World’s Greatest Shave at Belvideres Tavern on March 18.
He hopes to raise $5000 for the blood cancer charity.
Belvideres Tavern’s bar manager Michelle said she would give Mr McGuire any funds raised by the bar if he also shaved his head.
“Nobody is going to recognise me,” Mr McGuire said, “I’ll look like a skinhead.”
Mr McGuire said losing his beard will bring a tear to his eye.
“I wouldn’t even shave it for my sister’s wedding,” he said.
“She said I had to shave my beard to look presentable but I said, ’Nah, I don’t love you that much’.”
Mr McGuire said he had been hirsute for three years and the shave was a long time coming.
“Every time I visit my mum she says, ‘Shave that bloody wombat off your face, no wonder I don’t have a daughter-in-law and grandbabies.”
He said he’d miss it but shaving was worth it to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
“Everyone hates cancer and if I can raise a whole lot of money to get rid of that, well, I’m doing it for a good cause.”
Mr McGuire worried his beagle puppy wouldn’t recognise him but said removing the beard had other compensations.
“I’ll be able to eat all the marinated chicken wings and ribs I want without going out back to get hosed down,” he said.