WHILE many people have been donating locks of hair to cancer patients for years, David Smith plans to trim the other side of his head to fight cancer.
It's been eight years since the Ipswich motorcycle enthusiast was clean shaven.
He is now the proud possessor of a luxuriant beard which hangs well down on his chest.
The 52-year-old's most distinctive feature will soon be turned to stubble though in line with Cancer Council Queensland's Beard150 fundraising campaign.
The initiative calls on men to grow a beard and raise money for men's cancers over 150 days, in the hope of raising more than $150,000.
In Mr Smith's case though, rather than 'getting his beard on' he has agreed to cut his off.
"When I first contacted the Cancer Council, my original idea was to dye my beard a crazy colour," he said.
"Then it was suggested I shave it off and I thought 'why not?'
"It's just a beard at the end of the day - it's nothing compared to the pain and suffering of a cancer diagnosis."
Mr Smith said he was inspired to take part after losing friends and family to cancer.
His father died from brain cancer and just a few weeks ago one of his best mates died from liver cancer.
"Cancer has unfortunately been a big part of my life," he said.
Cancer Council Queensland spokes- woman Katie Clift encouraged other Ipswich men to get involved.
"Men are invited to grow their beard any shape or length," she said.
"We've already seen some colourful beards, crazy beard designs, flowers woven into beards and even knitted beards."
People can also donate to the cause directly, sponsor a loved one to grow a beard, or pledge to shave or colour their own beard and raise funds.
Mr Smith said he planned to shave off his beard at a public event held at Prince of Wales Hotel later this year.
To support David Smith visit beard150.com and search 'David Smith'.
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