World’s Greatest Shave 2014 registrations are now open! | Leukaemia Foundation

World’s Greatest Shave 2014 registrations are now open!

Wednesday, 02 April 2014

 

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Registrations for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave are now open. The call is out for brave and generous Queenslanders to shave, colour or wax their hair from 13-16 March and raise funds to support patients living with blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders.

We’re encouraging people to sign up now at worldsgreatestshave.com and give the haircuts a hiatus for when they are ready to lop off those locks come March. In Queensland we hope to raise $5 million from the 2014 World’s Greatest Shave with these funds to go to medical research and vital support services for blood cancer patients and their families.

It’s easy to take part. Participants can take part as an individual or form a team with their family members, friends or work colleagues. Schools can participate too by holding a ‘Funky Hair Day’ where teachers and students can get sponsored to shave, colour or wear a ‘funky’ hairstyle to school. Schools were some of our highest fundraisers last year!

Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Bill Petch, said funds raised by World’s Greatest Shave participants enabled the Foundation to provide patients and their families with world-class support services as well as invest in medical research.

“Every day, six Queenslanders are diagnosed with a blood related cancer or disorder. There are no known causes or preventative measures and they can strike anyone of any age at any time,” Mr Petch said.

“The money raised for the Foundation through World’s Greatest Shave is critical in helping to alleviate some of the financial burdens patients and families are faced with following a devastating diagnosis. The Foundation can offer accommodation and transport, assistance with household and travel expenses along with emotional support and counselling – all completely free of charge,” he said.

“Last year we provided more than 41,000 nights of free accommodation to patients and their carers who needed to relocate to Brisbane or Townsville to undergo lifesaving treatment. We also committed more than $1.2 million to fund medical research to find improved treatment options and cures for blood cancers.”

“I encourage all individuals, community organisations and businesses to get behind this fantastic cause and sign up for the World’s Greatest Shave today.”

The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation and receives no on-going government funding.

BE BRAVE AND SHAVE!
worldsgreatestshave.com 1800 500 088

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Media contact:

Kristin Strambi
Communications Officer, Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland
P: 3318 4421
E: kstrambi@leukaemia.org.au

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