Beard shaving in ‘Battle for Bruce’

Photo: Ray Tiddy (Supplied)

A Wanaka man is shaving off his two-and-a-half year-old beard in a bid to raise money for his uncle’s battle against cancer.

Ray Tiddy (pictured) will go clean-shaven for the first time in 30 months to support his uncle in what he has dubbed the ‘Battle for Bruce’.

“He was always a favourite uncle of mine growing up and we had a special relationship. I just want to help him out. I can imagine it’s such a horrible thing to have to go through physically, let alone financially,” Ray said.

“The money can go towards medical bills or the fact he’s not working at the moment.”

Bruce, who lives in Christchurch, has had multiple operations since 2013, including bone and tissue removal and skin grafts, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. Despite receiving the all-clear two-and-a-half years ago, he later received the news that he needed major surgery.

During his operation, he had his tongue, voicebox and neck glands removed, and will also need a special line inserted into his stomach to be able to eat. Although some of his expenses are covered by the state, Bruce needs to meet some of them himself.

Wanaka barbers AliBabas are joining the fight and donating the proceeds from all beard trims this month to the cause. They are also carrying out Ray’s big shave on November 30.

“I’ll look like a 14-year-old again. I don’t know if people will recognise me, as I’ve only been back in Wanaka a few years and most people don’t know me without a beard,” Ray said.

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