Wise-cracking Hornsby councillor Mick Gallagher prepares to bid farewell to his beloved beard after 44 years, in the name of charity.
“As I’m such a good-looking chap my wife encouraged me to grow it back in 1972 when we got married,” said the 70 year-old Mount Colah resident and grandfather, who served in the Royal Australian Navy for over 50 years. “I used to keep the crumbs from breakfast in there for a morning tea snack,” he jokes.
“Now I’m taking it off. It’s an easier way to raise money than flogging meat trays around the clubs!”
This beard, which has helped him land parts as Ned Kelly in films and TV shows as well as ‘Santa’ for 25 years in a row, once tickled his tummy button it was so long. “It was earning me money back then – and it’s doing it again now.”
He’s working up the courage to do it, but by shaving off his beard Mick’s hoping to raise $10,000 for a range of local charities including children’s hospitals, Hornsby Ku ring gai Women’s Shelter and men’s health charities.
See Mick get it off by donating what you can to his appeal. You can donate by
paying directly into his charity account, Hornsby AOOB, BSB 062 181, account no.10033462 through the internet or personally at Hornsby Westfield Commonwealth Bank. Or you can email or call him: email@example.com; mobile: 0418 112 675
How will it feel losing his furry friend after nearly half a century? ”I suspect the consensus from my family will be to grow it back!”