Fri. Jan 22nd, 2021


In response to the hardships many refugee men face in growing and maintaining full beards, a Newry-based charity is encouraging Newry hipsters to donate their facial hair.

Any beards collected will be sent to refugee centres around Europe where volunteers will implant the hair in the faces of needy men from Syria, Eritrea, Libya and other countries afflicted by war — with the aim of maculating those who might otherwise be suffering from low morale.

Brian Fitzpatrick, founder of the Beards for Refugees project, says that while most of the men who have been driven from their home countries erroneously believe that what they need most is water, food and shelter but Brian believes that what would really help is a thick, well-groomed beard that will make them feel “like a million quid.”

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