A group of Macra na Feirme members from Laois have raised almost €4,000 for Pieta House with a socially distanced fundraisers.
With the country’s barbers closed, members of East Laois Macra took part in a socially distanced Shave or Dye event for the mental health charity.
Eleven of the club members took part, with most choosing to adopt a skinhead look.
Parents, siblings and partners were enlisted for the task of shearing the participants, with most proving more than capable of the task.
So far more than 120 people have donated €3,300 to the charity, which saw it’s major annual fundraiser – the Darkness into Light walks – cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
That cancellation, combined with some flowing locks, inspired the East Laois men to start their fundraiser.
Organiser Peter Farrell said: “Depending on how the fundraising goes, there may also be some leg waxing and more creative hairstyles like mohawks and Joe Exotic mullets.
“Some of our members have grown very attached to their lockdown locks, while others do not have much hair to spare, but either way they are willing to part with their hair if you are willing to part with some money to support this cause.
“Given the Covid-19 guidelines, this will be a socially distanced fundraiser, with parents, partners or siblings picking up the clippers and carrying out the barbering (or butchering) and the results will be posted here.
“We understand some people are in a difficult position financially due to Covid-19 and so we appreciate every donation that comes our way.”
The fundraiser runs until next weekend and hopes are high that more money can be generated before then.
Donations can be made on the Facebook page below: