Beaudesert's Santa loses his whiskers

WHEN 11-year-old Jimboomba State School student Sebastian Smith signed on for his sixth go at World’s Greatest Shave in Beaudesert, he never imagined that the town’s own Santa Claus would join him in his effort to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Easily recognised by local children for more than 30 years, Keith Reinke even went the extra mile on April 13 to sacrifice his snowy beard and eyebrows as well.

Mr Reinke is confident he will be prepared to take on Santa’s mantle by November.

“Some of the kids have told me they are worried my hair won’t grow back in time for Christmas but I’m sure it will,” he said.

Sebastian and Mr Reinke have joined forces to raise funds will still be accepting donations in coming weeks.

Any money collected in the Rotary tin outside Woolworths or Aldi in the next fortnight will be added to the World’s Greatest Shave kitty.