Rallying for charity shave

sIX brave locals are about to feel the wind on their bare faces for the first time in a while, as they volunteer for a charity beard shave for the Irish Kidney Association.

sIX brave locals are about to feel the wind on their bare faces for the first time in a while, as they volunteer for a charity beard shave for the Irish Kidney Association.

The beard shave will take place at the launch of the second annual Heartlands Rally, which will take place in O’Loughlin’s hotel on May 19 at 8pm.

“The Rally Club wanted to involve a charity for the first time in this year’s Rally. Joe Moffitt suggested a beard shave for the Irish Kidney Association, as he was diagnosed with kidney disease last year,” Joan Croke explained.

Joe, who is from Raheen, last shaved his beard in December 1981. He has also roped in his friend, Peter Walsh, also from Raheen, who hasn’t been clean shaven in 34 years.

“Peter’s family can’t wait to see what he look’s like without his beard. Ivor O’Loughlin has also agreed to take part, he has his beard for the last five years and his wife has never seen him without it. It will be some change, people won’t recognise them,” he said.

Also facing the razor are rally enthusiasts Donal Hannon from Mountmellick and John Fogarty from Abbeyleix. Mikey O’Sullivan from Killarney has also agreed to surrender his beard for the worthy cause.

The rally club are also looking for volunteers for waxing with suggestions such as brazilians and hollywoods being brandied about.