Coffs Harbour's Chris Hales gets the chop for charity after agreeing to shave off his 30cm mane, snowy beard and moustache to raise almost $5000 for beyondblue.
Coffs Harbour's Chris Hales gets the chop for charity after agreeing to shave off his 30cm mane, snowy beard and moustache to raise almost $5000 for beyondblue. Trevor Veale

Cut locks make thousands for charity

CHRIS Hales has gone seriously incognito.

But the well-known Coffs Harbour orthotics maker is not in disguise, it is just that nobody recognises him.

His 30 centimetre grey mane, plus his snowy beard and moustache, have all been shorn off to benefit the national depression initiative beyondblue.

Margaret Hales said even a really good friend who had known her husband for years had walked straight past him in the street since ‘the big chop’ was held at Baringa Private Hospital.

But Chris Hales’ sacrifice of nine years worth of thatch cultivation has not been in vain and he will be spared requests to play Santa Claus this year.

He has raised $4000 for beyondblue, with his moustache alone raising $200 and his beard $150, with Baringa Hospital offering to match any money pledged. The Hales are still accepting donations and collecting pledges.

Even his shorn-off hair is doing its bit to help a worthy cause – the Alopecia Foundation.



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