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Shaving for Fundraising

Mr. Lars Martin Ask, the headmaster of Skagerak International School in Norway, shaved his beard this summer for the first time in 25 years. It happened in front of numerous students who had raised money to see the “miracle”.


Students raised €1,000 to see the headmaster’s shave.



Students working on the construction for Roma families



Mr. Lars Martin Ask on the build site in Oradea, Romania.

“I am very nervous because the last time when I shaved my beard was back in 1984,” confessed Mr. Ask when the hairdresser lifted a shaving appliance from the table. He had invited her to perform this shave in the school hall so that everyone can be a witness.

“I remember that well because my son was 4 years old, and he asked me how I looked without a beard,” continued the principal. “I then asked him if he really wanted to see it. After my son nodded, I went to the bathroom, shaved my beard, and came back for him to see. He started crying because he thought I was not his dad,” said Mr. Ask. Then quickly added, “Now this is not a problem anymore because he is 30 years old!”

To raise money to support Habitat for Humanity’s mission to fight poverty housing, the headmaster challenged his students to collect a particular sum of money and promised to shave off his beard if they succeed. Students took the assignment and raised even more than planned.

“Mr. Principal didn’t think that we can raise 6,000 Crowns. He said he gave his beard for that. We were thrilled. We mobilized and raised 8,000 Crowns, equivalent of Euro 1,000. Now Mr. Ask has to keep his pledge,” said Jessica Ekram, one of the 170 students present at the shaving “ceremony”. To the surprise of the audience, without the beard Mr. Ask looked very much like the Hollywood star Robin Williams.

Skagerak International School has been collaborating with Habitat for Humanity in Beius, Romania, by sending Global Village volunteers. In 2006, the headmaster himself worked on a work site in Beius alongside partner families. They layed the foundation for the 100th house. It was at that time when Mr. Ask vowed to bring back students and a thousand-euro donation.

This June, the Skagerak International School team lead by Mr. Ask worked on the construction of homes for the disadvantaged Roma families in Oradea. All the raised money was used for buying construction materials needed by the site.

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