Melbourne office worker Peter Jenssen took the ultimate aesthetic sacrifice for prostate cancer research recently when he auctioned his hefty beard to support the cause.
Peter sported a highly unusual look for one week with half his beard shaved and half fully grown, raising more than $1,000 for Australian Prostate Cancer and starting many important conversations in the process!
“I’ve had a long history with prostate cancer, including both grandfathers and my father (luckily for us all my father survived) suffering from this disease,” Peter said.
“This means that I’ve got a much higher risk of developing this disease myself which makes me mindful of research into the area and supportive of anything that I can do to further this.”
Peter had been growing his beard for 12 months for a friend’s wedding and with the nuptials complete, he decided to ensure the beard helped a cause of a different kind.
His workplace ESSSuper got behind him and he auctioned one half of the beard to the highest bidder and one half remained for a week in whichever style his colleagues voted on. This meant catching public transport, visiting shops and other activities throughout the week were done with only half a beard!
“It was 100% worth it. It was a bit of a challenge completing the week with only half a beard but I’ve never shied away from new experiences,” Peter said.
“It showed me that I’m not necessarily as brave as I think I am but also that doing something that’s a bit challenging definitely brings results. It’s made me feel that doing something this ridiculous again is likely to happen!
“The biggest take away was how amazingly charitable everyone is. I have had my faith in humanity and the human spirit reinforced in a way that I was not even slightly expecting.
“This includes a bunch of people shaking my hand on the street as they’d recognised the blue ribbon I was wearing and immediately correctly assumed that my condition (my face) was the result. It was immensely heartening.”
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