Hairy and loving it cause the beard is back

THE Queensland Cancer Council is calling all Gympie region men to "get their beard on" as it launches its latest fundraising campaign, Beard150, for Men's Health Week.

Beard150 calls on more than 150 men to grow a beard and raise funds for men's cancers over 150 days, in the hope of raising more than $150,000.

More than 13,400 Queensland men will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone - almost 4000 with prostate cancer, 1800 with melanoma and 1600 with bowel cancer.

Cancer Council spokeswoman Katie Clift says Beard150 is a unique fundraising campaign making the most of the trend of the moment - beards.

"Men are invited to grow their beard in any shape or length - we've already seen some colourful beards, crazy beard designs, flowers woven into beards and even knitted beards," she says.

"You can also donate to the cause directly, sponsor a loved one to grow a beard, or pledge to shave or colour your own beard to raise funds too.

"There's no better fundraiser to sign up to during Men's Health Week - go on, get your beard on for your fathers, brothers and mates - grow your own just the way you like it."

The Beard150 team will also run Beard150 - Making a Difference events, bringing blokes touched by cancer together to watch the footy, go fishing, or just spend a day hanging out to make life a little easier.

More information about Beard150 is available via Instagram or

How to wear a beard without looking like an axe murderer

 Don't let your beard become more dominant than your head hair.

 If you have a white beard, you can grow it out as thick as you want (see Gandalf the White Wizard).

 If your beard doesn't connect, you should not grow a beard - a beard should be one continuous, lush carpet.

 Don't get creative. Your beard should not have sharp angles or any peculiar features.

 Be careful if you're fair-skinned; blonde beards tend to display more weakness than strength.

 Eyebrows can make or break the rules - guys with thick, dark eyebrows can generally wear any beard they want.

(Beard advice courtesy of the returnofkings website)

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