AFTER 12 long years of beard growth John 'Gilly' Gill is set to chop it all off this Saturday for Movember.

The campaign has been running for eight weeks and in that time Jess Munster, Gilly's son's partner, has raised $12,000 and currently sits in 18th on the Australia-wide Mo Heroes leaderboard.

By Saturday they're hoping to make it into the top ten.

When Jess asked how much it would take for Gilly to shave his award winning beard off for Movember, having only ever shaved it off twice before, Gilly said it would take "$1000 bucks for every year."

"It's like being on death row," he said.

"That's 12 years of beard growing down the chute.

"Nobody knows who Gilly is - they just know the guy with the beard," he said.

He said the reason for keeping his beard this long was because he was lazy, didn't like sharp things and his mum likes it.

"I didn't think we'd get as much as we did - I didn't think they'd get enough to make me shave it off," he joked.

Both Jess and Gilly got together to raise money for Movember because Jess's father committed suicide last year which rocked the family.

"The money is good but it's also about raising awareness about men's health," he said.

Gilly's shave will take place this Saturday between 11am and 4pm at the Central Lane Hotel with entertainment, competitions, raffles and an auction.

The top prizes include a 2003 signed Broncos jersey; a football signed by the Cowboys and a 2015 Melbourne Storm jersey.

Gilly vows this will be the last time he ever shaves his beard off. 

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