Caherline couple lose hair and raise over €2,500 for charity

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

HUNDREDS have taken part in the Shave or Dye campaign but not too many couples have gone in to the barber’s chair together.

HUNDREDS have taken part in the Shave or Dye campaign but not too many couples have gone in to the barber’s chair together.

Elizabeth Stanley got her head shaved, while her husband, Bill, got his beard shaved.

The Caherline couple decided take part in Today FM’s Shave or Dye Campaign for the Irish Cancer Society because they have lost loved ones from cancer and know many people fighting the disease.

Elizabeth said they hoped to raise €1,000.

“We said if we got around €800 we would bring it up to a thousand. At the moment we have €2,500 and it is still coming. It has caught us completely by surprises. The generosity of people in the locality has been amazing,” said Elizabeth.

“We kept saying we will have to hand it over, that we wouldn’t get any more then you get a cheque in the post from somebody who read the story in the Leader a few weeks ago,” she added.

A large crowd turned up at the Millennium Centre in Caherconlish to witness Bill and Elizabeth getting their locks shorn.

“Pat Barry of Celtic Barbers in Caherconlish supplied the barber, Calum. There was a good crowd and staff and volunteers in the Millennium Centre couldn’t have been more helpful. Local businesses gave very generous raffle prizes and John Grimes from the Limerick and District Photographic Society donated a portrait session and framed painting. It was a real community effort and exceeded all our expectations” said Mrs Stanley.

It took a few days but she is now getting used to her new look.

“I’m kind of getting used to looking at myself in the mirror now but it is the cold!” laughed Elizabeth.

For the first time since September 1967 Bill is clean shaven. A motorbike enthusiast, he was a bit worried about being “frozen” on the bike.

“I tried it out the other day and it wasn’t too bad. I have a cold but it wasn’t from losing the beard! joked Bill, who has also been blown away by the generosity of people.

“A four-year-old even gave me 10 cent from his pocket money. One man gave me a €100 and so did his son. And in between we’ve been given tenners, twenties and fifties. People were absolutely fantastic because the money isn’t there,” he added.

While a great night was had at the shaving event in the Millennium Centre, Elizabeth say the symbolism of getting shaved is in support of those with cancer who have no choice in the matter.

They are keeping the fund open until the end of April and can be contacted on 086 2687123.