IT IS one of the most eagerly awaited appointments in Coffs and now the countdown is really on.
After nine years avoiding the barber's chair, Chris Hales is poised to lose his locks in the name of a good cause.
The well-known joint principal of Hales Orthotics has so far raised $2000 of his target of $5000 to donate to the national depression initiative Beyondblue.
The Big Chop, as it has been called, will take place at 10am this Friday in the conference room of Baringa Private Hospital.
The legacy of the 75cm cull will be donated to the Alopecia Foundation for wig-making.
Chris said he decided to grow his hair when he found his contemporaries were all losing theirs and he also wanted to see just how long it would grow.
His wife, Margaret, said their two daughters had once offered to straighten his hair. It took them three hours and they never wanted to attempt it again.
“It (the cut) will make a huge difference to the bathroom,” Mrs Hales said.
The Haleses are also hoping it will make a difference to people seeking help for depression, one of the most common and widespread of mental illnesses.
There's plenty of time left to donate by visiting http://www.everydayhero.com.au/chrishales, dropping into Hales Orthotics at 92 Bray Street or just turn up on the day at 10am and enjoy a morning tea for your $5 donation.