Byron's hair-raising day in Murgon
WHEN Murgon teenager Byron Begeda woke up this morning he rolled out of bed and had a little giggle to himself.
Today was the much anticipated day for his impressive beard and long locks to be shaved off. All in the name of charity.
"I'm not used to this much publicity,” he said.
With the assistance of Murgon businesses, Mark Smith's Menswear, Mitre 10 and Alicia's Spa and Hair Worx, Byron's goal was to raise $600 to shave off his remarkable beard and $1500 to get the hair seen too as well.
Byron was pleased to inform they raised in excess of $1100 for the Leukaemia Foundation.
While they didn't reach the $1500 goal, the Murgon teen was still happy with his efforts.
The worthy charity was one close to Byron's heart.
"I have had a few mates who have leukaemia,” he said.
"There was a great risk that I may have had leukaemia.
"That's why I am very much on board with the Leukaemia Foundation.”
Alicia Pidgeon from Alicia Spa and Hairworx was in charge of the clippers for the big shave.
Her family has also been affected by cancer.
It has been her focus to make the shave for a cure event as strong as she can in the area.
"My sister has come through bowel cancer. Hopefully she gets a clean bill of health when she gets her results next month,” she said.
"We have collectively held our breath that she has gone through quite well.
"She has had 11 different cancers in the past 20-30 years.”