$15.8 million and still going!
World’s Greatest Shave kicked off last month with a hefty target of $15 million nationally and so far not only has target been reached - it’s been passed! An incredible $15.8m has been raised so far and the money is still coming in!
This is the largest amount ever raised by the well-known campaign and the Leukaemia Foundation wants to thank everyone who shaved, coloured or waxed to help raise funds between the 15th and 17th of March.
In NSW and the ACT nearly $4.8 million has been raised so far with around $400k standing between the target of $5.2 million. With just under half of participants yet to bank there is little doubt that the state target will also be passed.
This year’s events all across the country have been hugely successful, with over 125,000 participants across the country opting to shave or colour their hair in support of those suffering with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders.
Chris McMillan, General Manager for the Leukaemia Foundation said, “We are absolutely thrilled with this year’s result. The generosity of Aussies across the country has been overwhelming and we would like thank every one of them for their help in getting us to this point – the largest amount ever raised by World’s Greatest Shave. And we aren’t finished yet - once all money has been banked it may even be a record breaker in NSW and ACT too.
Blood cancer is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer, claiming a life every two hours. In 2012, over 3,000 people in NSW and ACT are projected to be diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood disorder and thousands of patients and families are living with a blood cancer today.
The money raised will be used to fund cutting-edge research into the causes, treatments and cures for leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. It will also fund patient support services for blood cancer patients and families.
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