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Cancer-fight Norris keeps shave vow

Senator David Norris has kept his word and shaved off his beard and hair live on radio in aid of cancer research.

The human rights campaigner, who is being treated for cancer of the liver, promised to follow through with his pledge to be clean-shaven for the first time in 40 years after the Seanad abolition referendum was defeated.

Mr Norris had his beard shaved off on the Ray D'Arcy show on Today FM this morning.

"Oh God. Mother of God, isn't that dreadful? I look like a bank manager," he said.

The stunt was part of the radio station's Shave Or Dye campaign to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society. To donate two euro (£1.70) text SHAVE to 50300.

Mr Norris raised more than 16,000 euro (£13,540) with the stunt.

He has claimed the stress of his presidential campaign triggered his cancer and is undergoing treatment for a tumour at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin while awaiting a liver transplant.

He has taken the opportunity to plan his own funeral.

Despite that, he told listeners: "I am a hopeless optimist. I mean, I can see a silver lining in a mushroom cloud."

The senator has previously stated he believed the cancer was related to viral hepatitis which he contracted from tainted drinking water in Eastern Europe in 1994.

He has already undergone embolisation for the tumour and is waiting to begin chemotherapy while on a transplant list.

In previous interviews, he revealed that he has planned his own funeral and promised that it "will be the event of the season".

He said he has already recorded the first version of his own oration, based on his spiritual beliefs and not his political career.

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