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PICS: After 40 years, David Norris has shaved off his beard for charity

The senator has given his 40-year-old beard the chop in aid of cancer charities.


SENATOR DAVID NORRIS has shaved off his beard and all of his hair in aid of cancer research on live radio this morning.

The former presidential candidate made a pledge that he would shave off his 40-year-old beard if the Seanad abolition referendum was defeated and honoured his promise on the Ray D’Arcy Show on Today FM this morning.

Norris, who was diagnosed with cancer four months ago, also revealed that he has recorded a five-minute speech which will be played at his funeral.

“I am a hopeless optimist. I mean, I can see a silver lining in a mushroom cloud,” he said.

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Upon seeing himself after going bald, Norris remarked: “Oh God! Mother of god, isn’t that dreadful! I look like a bank manager!” Later, he joked that he looked like Finance Minister Michael Noonan.

All money raised from today’s event goes to Today FM’s Shave or Dye campaign which benefits the Irish Cancer Society. Half of the proceeds will also go to Senator Professor John Crown’s Research Trust.

To donate €2 you can text SHAVE to 50300 or visit the MyCharity page.

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