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Finished product . . . Ian Simpson (second, from right) with his mates (from left) Daniel Wieldraayer, Jordan Dent and Michael Powick who put their locks on the line at the Mackenzie Highland A&P Show to raise money for Mr Simpson. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

by Alexia Johnston

It was a case of butchering, not barbering, and they took it on the chin, when three mates braved the clippers at the Mackenzie Highland A&P Show.

Jordan Dent, Michael Powick and Daniel Wieldraayer had agreed to shave their beards and heads during the show on Monday, in a bid to raise money for their friend, Ian Simpson.

Money was collected before the show and throughout the day, followed by an auction with the highest bidder earning the rights to do the shaving.

While Mr Dent got the classic clean shave look, his mates were left with racing stripes and split beards.

But for the three mates it was all in the name of fun.

Their aim was to raise $5000 for Mr Simpson, formerly of the Mackenzie district, who was left a C5 tetraplegic after he landed on the back of his head while trampolining in Canada.

He was doing gymnastics to improve his skills on the ski field.

Mr Simpson, who was watching his mates get the chop from the sidelines on Monday, will use the money to improve wheelchair access at his Christchurch home.

“I’m so impressed,” he said, of the effort his friends had gone to.

“[They are] such a cool group of guys.

“I’m just so amazed with everyone [who helped] and with everyone who turned up. It’s awesome.”

Mr Wieldraayer said although the money raised had yet to be counted, he was confident the group would reach its target.