Wednesday 26 April 2017

'I’m not naïve to think that we can solve cancer but we can to do our own little bit' - Barber cutting his hair after mother's death

Robert Giffney. Photo: HIM barbers
Robert Giffney. Photo: HIM barbers
Gabriel Giffney who died of breast cancer
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A Dublin barber who has been growing his hair for two years will chop it all off this weekend for charity.

Robert Giffney, from HIM barber shop in Glasnevin, has been fundraising for the Irish Cancer Society and he plans to donate his chopped locks to the Rapunzel Foundation - a charity that provides wigs to children suffering from hair loss (alopaecia).

Mr Giffney (32) told independent.ie explained that he chose to fundraise for cancer research after his mum Gabriel died, aged just 49 from the disease.

"She died nine years ago in July from breast cancer. She had it for nine years and it came and went in that time.

"I have five brothers and two sisters. It affected us all very differently."

Mr Giffney, who opened his barber shop two years ago, explained that a number of their customers are also struggling with cancer and this inspired him to start the fundraiser.

Robert Giffney. Photo: HIM barbers
Robert Giffney. Photo: HIM barbers

"We have a few men that come in that are going through cancer. One man in particular is terminal.

“To see him come in, looking weaker each time, is heartbreaking.”

He continued: “I’m not naïve to think that we can solve cancer but we just want to do our own little bit.”

They have already raised over €1,000 for the Irish Cancer Society.

Robert will be cutting his hair this Saturday from 6.30pm and the event will be live-streamed on Facebook and Snapchat 

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