Thirty-year growth goes

AFTER: Hairdresser Liz Martin uses her clippers to turn Brett Brown from tatty to tidy for a good cause.

AFTER: Hairdresser Liz Martin uses her clippers to turn Brett Brown from tatty to tidy for a good cause.

WHEN Brett Brown caught sight of his reflection for the first time after farewelling his beard and hair on Saturday he didn’t recognise the bloke staring back at him.

Last Saturday at Griffith Central he said goodbye to the shaggy beard and long locks he’d been sporting for more than 30 years.

As a result close to $7000 was raised for the Griffith Autism Support Group, which eclipsed the initial $1500 target Mr Brown set his workmates.

Hairdresser Liz Martin did the honours, using clippers to turn him from tatty to tidy in mere minutes.

“The last time I saw my face like this was over 30 years ago,” he said.

“I didn’t recognise myself and most people who have seen me since don’t know me either.

“On Monday morning when I went into work a few of the blokes didn’t know who I was until I spoke.”

Mr Brown had expected to pull out beanies, but the warm weather has meant he needed a cap this week to keep sunburn at bay.

He said he had been overwhelmed by the support shown.

“I want to thank each and every person who donated.

Whether it was 5 cents, $5, $50 or $500, it doesn’t matter. It has all

helped,” he said.

“When I told the boys at work I’d shave it all off for $1500, I thought I’d be happy if we made $3000.

“To see that we’ve almost reached $7000 is pretty great."

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