For the past four and a half years Greg Robson has been known for his distinguishable beard.
But last week the Tatura man became almost unrecognisable when he shaved it off, raising almost $700 for Multiple Sclerosis Australia.
Mr Robson said he had become known as ‘‘chubby cheeks’’ around town after the shave, which took place at the Tatura Hotel on Saturday, August 26.
‘‘The night was amazing,’’ Mr Robson said.
After several generous donations from local businesses, Mr Robson held a raffle as well as collecting donations on the night.
‘‘Thank you to the people who donated money here and in Melbourne,’’ he said.
‘‘And thank you to the local businesses like JB Small Engines, Tatura Family Butchers, Kyabram Caltex, Tatura Bowling Club, newsXpress Tatura who donated and people who bought raffle tickets.
‘‘And my beautiful mum and brother who bought a voucher and Melbourne business Cowes Coastal Candles and Home Decor.’’
Mr Robson said the whole fundraising endeavour took him two weeks to organise, which culminated in a night of fun and laughs at the Tatura Hotel for the shave.
‘‘Melbourne-based country artist Kayla Dwyer sung on the night and also shaved my beard,’’ he said.
He said he had been motivated to raise the funds as a result of being close to people affected by MS.
‘‘Thank you to everyone for helping me to do this,’’ he said.
‘‘And to the amazing staff at the Tatura Hotel.’’