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Yep, it’s real: Warrnambool’s Jayke Dorey, 18, gets to grips with Peter McMahon’s trademark beard, which he has carefully cultivated since Easter 1979. The Sage Hill manager has agreed to part with it as a fund-raiser. IT’S been 33 years since youth worker Peter McMahon has been seen without a beard.
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Mr McMahon, the manager of Aspire’s Sage Hill Adolescent and Kids (SHAnKS) program, will shave off his beard and cut off his ponytail to raise money for four teenage local carers to attend the first International Young Carers Congress at the Child and Youth Mental Health Matters conference in Vancouver, Canada, in May.

Jayke Dorey 18, Jakob Stennett, 15, Eloise Tindall, 16 and Jacob Bates, 19 need to raise $20,000 to make the trip happen.

Mr McMahon said the last time he was without a beard was Easter 1979. The young people he works with are keen to see it off.

“My oath I’m scared of it coming off,” he confessed.

“I plan to grow it back. People in the sector only know me as the large bloke with a beard and a rat’s tail.

“I’m worried there will be a few more chins under here too.”

The teenagers plan to attend the conference and present a paper based on their personal experiences.

They hope that telling their personal stories will inspire people to consider the whole family in cases of mental illness and to remove the prejudice often faced by young carers.

Mr McMahon said the group would be representing all young carers in regional Australia if they could attend.

“This is a great opportunity for them to share their journeys through the frustrating, funny and sad times,” he said.

The South West Carer and Respite Network and Aspire A Pathway to Mental Health are supporting the plan to attend the conference.

The hair removal will be done on April 20 and donations can be made to Aspire on 5560 3000.

The conference is from May 6 to May 8.

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