THE beard was coming off on Friday morning. OS0151-04

HAVING grown his beard since April 21, Mo Hoera says he is glad to get rid of it and to donate the $260 he has raised to the Cancer Society.

“I am looking forward to it,” he said. “It kept me warm during winter but now it needs to go.”

The beard was shaved off by Celina Gaskill at Bex’s Hair Studio on Friday morning and the episode was being filmed by Shaughnessy Reha.

“I am keeping the hair, but getting rid of the beard,” Mr Hoera said.

The Whakatohea Maori Trust community support worker became aware of prostate troubles in June last year and had surgery for prostate cancer just before Christmas last year.

He has since been declared cancer free and he’s revved up his already existing prostate cancer awareness campaigns and he’s actively supporting men who have had a prostate cancer diagnosis.

Mr Hoera is getting married to his partner Jann Mitai this month.

“She has supported me through this journey,” he said.

Currently in training for the Quarter IronMaori competition, which will be held in Napier during November, Mr Hoera’s hair and beard had made him virtually unrecognisable in the street.

Following the removal of the beard, Mr Hoera said he felt much better for it.