After seeing the positive impact a charity had on his friends after they had a stillborn child, Launceston’s Matt Little is paying it back.
On January 1, he shaved his head and beard and pledged not to pick up the razor again for another 12 months.
“It’s is basically a form of conversation starter to be able to talk to people about why I’m doing it to aid the Stillborn Charity,” Mr Little said.
He hopes to raise $5000 for the Stillbirth Foundation Australia.
“I had a good mate last year who had a stillborn child and there was all the lead up into it and then getting the news that they’re not going to have their child anymore is gut wrenching.”
With nine months to go, Mr Little said his beard had never been too much longer than it is now.
“I try and shave as much as possible, and my partner certainly likes me being clean shaven. I’ve also never completely shaved my head before either,” he said.
Already, Mr Little has had conversations with strangers about having a stillborn child.
“It’s been challenging at times with the conversations people have had with me because I explain why I’m doing it, and then people say ‘oh I had a stillborn child’ and then you have to take that on and it’s quite confronting,” he said. “It has surprised me how many people have been affected.”
Mr Little said his job meant he would have to keep the growth “tamed” in the challenge’s later stages.
“It’s an opportunity for me to give back to a charity that I saw helped my friend through a very dark time.”
Watch Mr Little’s journey follow his ‘My 2018 Charity Challenge’ Facebook.