Offaly man to shave flowing locks after 25 years
Geashill man Ollie Henchy is set to shave the flowing locks he's been growing for 25 years in order to raise money for the Laura Lynn Foundation.
A charity shave is a big enough undertaking for anyone, but Ollie's comes with an added emotional element due to the reason he started growing his hair in the first place.
"I decided to start growing my hair when I was 17 years of age in memory of my brother Séan who had died the year before I was born in 1975," Ollie said.
"Séan was 12 years of age when he died in a tragic accident. My mother, father, brother and two sisters would keep his memory alive with great stories of him and how much he loved gaelic football and hurling. He was also a great worker and helped many a neighbour and farmer," Ollie recalled.
"My mother always had a great photo of Séan on top of the fridge and a candle would always be lit in front of him. In this photo Séan had long hair just past his shoulders and I grew up seeing his great smile and long hair. Never knowing Séan, I decided, in my own way, to grow my hair to copy my big brother," Ollie explained.
PICTURED: Ollie Henchy as he prepares to say goodbye to his beloved long hair
After so long emulating his older brother's unique hairstyle, Ollie has decided to go under the razor in aid of the brilliant Laura Lyn Foundation, a charity he describes as "amazing."
"They do amazing work helping terminally ill children and their families and yet receive no government funding and rely on donations," Ollie said.
Ollie's GoFundMe fundraiser has already surpassed €600 and he has asked the people of the county to "donate whatever you can no matter how small." He has an aim to raise at least €1,500.
"It will all help towards such a remarkable organisation to help families to make such a hard time a little more special," he concluded.
The 'Big Shave' event where Ollie will ultimately say goodbye to his long locks takes place at Hamilton's Pub in Geashill at 8.30pm on Saturday, June 23. All are welcome to attend and support the cause and there will be music and spot prizes on the night.
You can donate to Ollie's fundraiser here.
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