April 6, 2009

Beards raise $3,000 for charity

Two California men said they raised $3,000 for a charity that builds wells in Africa by simply growing out their beards and soliciting donations.

Friends Jon Sontag and Greg Miller of San Jose, Calif., said they hatched their beard-growing scheme last fall at a bachelor party and decided to chronicle their whiskers on the Internet, the San Jose Mercury News reported Monday.

The men said they added a PayPal link to the Web site so users could donate to Water Wells for Africa. They said word spread about their charitable facial hair and they gave a check for $3,000 to the charity Sunday, 31 weeks after they started growing their beards.

I look like a pirate, Sontag told the Mercury News before he and Miller shaved their faces for the first time in months. He looks like Santa.