Chips' beard shave

42 years in the making, Chips Fearon’s fundraiser for cancer research was a hair-razing affair.

“Lots of people do feats of endurance to raise money, but I couldn’t ride a bike across the Nullarbor and I can’t run a marathon,” Chips told the local newspaper. “All I have is a 42 year old beard.”

With some mates who are fighting cancer, Chips decided he needed to do something. With over 26 tins out in the local community, support from local newspapers and radio, and even the local bakery donating money from their vanilla slice sales, the momentum for the shave just kept growing.

The big day came with a pair of rusty sheep shears to make the first cuts of the beard, a jazz trio for ambiance, and over 50 spirited locals from Stawell VIC for moral support, created quite a spectacle for the man who prefers to be working in the background.

Chips’ promise to shave his much-loved locks, in the middle of winter no less, received incredible support from the community. “Once people hear it’s about cancer, everyone’s pleased to chip in. But I’m overwhelmed by the support,” he said.

A whopping $7,000 was raised from, in Chips words, “just a few whiskers”!

ACRF would like to send a huge thanks to Chips and all of his generous supporters throughout the local community who got behind the cause! We hope you’re keeping warm!