Cairns woman to help World’s Greatest Shave reach new heights | Leukaemia Foundation

Cairns woman to help World’s Greatest Shave reach new heights

Wednesday, 02 April 2014


A Cairns woman is looking for some fellow adventurers to scale great heights to the Mount Everest Base Camp to take part in the Leukaemia Foundation’s 2014 World’s Greatest Shave.

Sue Fitcher, owner of Getaway Trekking & Adventures in Cairns, will lead an expedition from the Nepalese town of Lukla to Everest Base Camp where she will lop off her locks to raise funds for the World’s Greatest Shave.

Mrs Fitcher is currently recruiting eager mountaineers to join her on the trek where they will also have the opportunity to shave or colour their hair and support patients living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma or related blood disorders.

“I am supporting the Foundation because it is working towards finding a cure and also provides patients with practical support for day-to-day living while they undergo treatment,” Mrs Fitcher said.

“Getaway Trekking & Adventures will be donating $200 to the Foundation for every booking made for this trip and that’s in addition to any fundraising,” she said.

Dubbed the ‘World’s Highest Shave’, the 16 day trek itinerary will include visits to Kathmandu, Lukla and Namche Bazaar before ascending to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar.

The journey will be filled with opportunities to be submersed in the culture of Nepal and the Sherpa people (ethnic group from eastern Nepal) as well as taking in awe-inspiring panoramas of the Himalayas.

Mrs Fitcher, who has trekked in the Himalayas and all over the world including the Kokoda Track, said climbing to Everest Base Camp will be no easy feat and will require a high level of fitness.

Everest Base Camp is at an altitude of 5,364 metres, which is nearly two and a half times higher than Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko.

Those wanting to book a place on this life changing journey are encouraged to get in quick as spots are limited.

For more information, or to make a booking enquiry, visit the Getaway Trekking & Adventures website or call 1300 979 088.

Funds raised from World’s Greatest Shave enable the Foundation to continue providing free support services including accommodation, counselling and transportation to patients and their families, as well as investing in medical research to find a cure for blood cancer.