‘I’ve been growing my beard for nearly 3 years. I always trim it because you do get a lot of split ends! I started Sydney Facial Hair Club over a year ago.

‘It’s awesome to have all these people that you’d never speak to unless you had some sort of facial hair. There are plenty of people in the group without facial hair – they like the idea of it but they can’t quite grow a good beard or moustache. We even have people try that probably shouldn’t! Quite wispy teenagey looking moustaches but we encourage it. We’ve got quite a few female followers as well that are just attracted to beards. I guess more from a social point it’s good to have a different group of people to be able to go out with or talk to – to separate yourself from your normal circle.

‘This Saturday (6th September) we are celebrating World Beard Day at Young Henry’s. We’re going to attempt to beat the record for the most bearded people in a human pyramid which stands at 15 people and we hope to get 21. I’m pretty small so I’m definitely going to be in the top somewhere.’

What’s one of the saddest moments in your life?
‘That would be when my father died. I was 11 years old and he had cancer for basically all of my life. I guess I’m still kind of coping with it a bit.’

Are there any words he shared with you that really stick in your mind as advice that you’ve taken on for life?
‘Once when I asked about what the meaning of life was, he said, “People have wasted their lives trying to answer that’. That’s a decent philosophy I think.’

So what would be your main philosophy in life?
‘I try to be happy regardless of what people say or do. Happiness is a choice. If you accept yourself then you will find happiness.’