"We haven't cut anybody's ears yet."
That's what Harold Colley said this week as he prepared for the latest of his shear handpiece haircut fundraisers for the Daffodil Cottage wig library.
Mr Colley and other willing participants have raised around $20,000 for the library in five years of shearing and he is hoping to add substantially to that tally on Friday night at the George Hotel.
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Submitting to the chop will be Mr Colley himself, his brother Andrew, Mitch Chifley and Andrew Parkes.
"We've got a hairdresser coming to tidy the heads up - around the ears," Mr Colley said. "It's a bit hard for the handpiece to do the tidying up."
As well, Mr Colley's daughter Alicia will have 350 millimetres of her hair cut off to be used for a wig at the wig library.
The handpiece haircuts began five years ago when Mr Colley had "hair down to my shoulders".
"I decided that I was going to get a haircut and my brother said why don't you shave it off for a cause," Mr Colley said.
"I was a bit scared about shaving my head because I didn't know what shape it was."
One thing led to another and Mr Colley, and a mate, ended up having their hair cut with a handpiece at a party at Mount Rankin and raised $2000 for the wig library, which was only newly created at the time.
The wig library helps people undergoing treatment for cancer, as well as those suffering hair loss from alopecia and stress, feel better about themselves by giving them a different look.
The wig library does not receive any government assistance and is funded by the Bathurst community.
"Since then it's been growing," Mr Colley said of the fundraiser. "We've been doing it each year."
The fundraiser will be held this Friday, October 11 at 6.30pm at the George Hotel and Mr Colley hopes a few visitors at the pub might step up and sacrifice themselves to the shears.