Wednesday 26 July 2017

Such a close shave as record broken

Ray D'Arcy laughing as his head is shaved by Galway barber John McGuire in Dublin yesterday.
Ray D'Arcy laughing as his head is shaved by Galway barber John McGuire in Dublin yesterday.
Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

IT'S not the type of weather to bare all for charity.

Yet despite the icy temperatures, 60 people took part in a record-breaking head shave in a bid to raise money for cancer research. DJ Ray D'Arcy was among the Today FM presenters who suffered a hair-raising experience to benefit the Irish Cancer Society.

In a live broadcast on his morning radio show, the Kildare man agreed to have his head shaved as part of the station's 'Shave or Dye' campaign.

He was joined by 59 others as they broke a world record for the most heads shaved by a single barber in one hour.

The record-breaking man with the clippers was Galway barber John McGuire, who sheared 60 heads in under 60 minutes in a salon chair at The Style Club on South William Street.

With just minutes to go they issued an appeal live on radio for more willing victims. And in these recessionary times, there were plenty waiting for a free haircut.

D'Arcy said he was "blown away" by the response from listeners, as he saluted the bravery of the 60 people volunteers.

The 45-year-old also told of his own personal loss from cancer. "When I was about 11, my grandmother died at the age of 54. She was five-and-a-half stone and it was lung cancer. I think everyone in Ireland, unfortunately, has been touched by cancer in a real way," he said.

More than €330,000 has been raised through the station's 'Shave or Dye' campaign so far, and it has spawned more than 600 events throughout February and March. This included the Irish Cricket Team shaving and dying their hair in Dubai and over 20 GAA teams getting involved.

Other Today FM presenters taking part in the fundraiser were Gift Grub star Mario Rosenstock and Last Word presenter Matt Cooper, who both dyed their hair pink, while Pet Sounds presenter Paul McLoone shaved his head.

Almost 28,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year, with more than 7,800 deaths.

Irish Independent

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