Celebrating 20 years and 1.9 million Aussies helping to beat blood cancer!
This year, more than 20,000 Aussies will to come together across the country to celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of our most loved fundraising events – the Leukaemia Foundation’s world’s Greatest Shave.
Beginning back in Lismore NSW in 1998, the World’s Greatest Shave was inspired by a daughter’s love for her Dad going through leukaemia treatment. Twenty years on, more than 1.9 million extraordinary Aussies of all ages have helped beat blood cancer by getting sponsored to shave, colour, wax, cut pony tails, banish beards and trim top knots.
The Leukaemia Foundation’s CEO Bill Petch is encouraging people who have been thinking about shaving for some time to make 2018 their year to sign up.
“Whether you have a personal connection to blood cancer or simply want to have fun and raise money for a good cause, we’re asking Australians to join the World’s Greatest Shave for our big 20th anniversary,” said Mr Petch.
“With your help we’re aiming to raise $16 million so more people survive their blood cancer.”
Money raised will give families facing blood cancer including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma the free emotional and practical support they need as well as help fund vital research.
For the first time, the World’s Greatest Shave is ‘going green’ in 2018 thanks to a partnership with Sustainable Salons Australia. This means ponytails snipped from those taking part in the event will now be turned into wigs for cancer patients, shorter hair clippings will be transformed into compost and floating booms to absorb oil spills at sea and empty cans of coloured hairspray will be diverted away from landfill back into recycled resources.
When: 14-18 March 2018
Where: The world’s Greatest Shave is a nationwide event.
What: Join the 20th anniversary World’s Greatest Shave! Sign up today and be a part of the Leukaemia Foundation’s 20th anniversary World’s Greatest Shave and join thousands shaving or colouring their hair for a great cause. You’ll be taking a substantial step to help the 35 Australians diagnosed with a blood cancer every day, and that’s an amazing feeling.
How: Simply download the World’s Greatest Shave app, sign up online at worldsgreatestshave.com or call 1800 500 088 for more information.
About The Leukaemia Foundation:
The Leukaemia Foundation is the only national charity dedication to helping more Australians survive blood cancer and live a better quality of life. Leukaemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma and related blood disorders are all types of blood cancer, which can develop in anyone, of any age, at any time.
More than 60,000 Australians are living with blood cancer or related disorders, and the equivalent of one person every 41 minutes is diagnosed, Although research is improving survival, sadly an Australian loses their life to blood cancer every two hours, claiming more lives than breast cancer and melanoma. For more information, please visit leukaemia.org.au