How a ‘drunken agreement’ raised over $10K
A DRUNKEN agreement has led to a Monto man shaving his iconic beard for over $10,000.
Monto truckie Gerry Morgan shaved his famous facial hair off at the Monto Grand Hotel on November 30, to raise funds for men's health in Movember.
Organised by the Monto Hospital and the community, the idea was put to Mr Morgan one Friday night at the Grand.
"We were at the pub one night, and a drunken agreement turned into this," one organiser Brie Hawley said.
Ms Hawley said the event "exceeded expectations", after initially underestimating the response from the community.
The community eclipsed their first goal of $1,700, raising approximately $10,070.70 for the Movember charity.
"We weren't expecting that many people to rock up too, and everything was auctioned off," she said.
Close to 50 people attended the Grand to see this local cult figure dispatch of his monstrous beard, that hadn't been shaved for 15 years.
Numerous items were sold to further the Movember goal, such as bottles of rum, Movember bags, eskies, food packs and much more.
Mr Morgan himself was auctioned off at $550 on the night, with other locals joining on the fun and volunteering themselves for the snip.
Luke Aisthorpe sold for $400, and was joined by Bill Kelly, Russel Salisbury, and Darryl Zieth.
Ms Hawley wanted to thank the community on behalf of herself, Stacey Smith and Ashleigh Myles, celebrating the occasion.
"We are so grateful and proud of our amazing community for supporting a worthy charity. It's incredible to see that even through tough times with this drought, everyone is able to pull together.
"None of this couldn't of been possible without them."