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Extraordinary Cronulla Sharks Legend, Toby Rudolf, Nominated for NRL Ken Stephens Medal ‘Man of the Year’ and leads national fundraising for the World’s Greatest Shave 25th Anniversary

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Today, the Leukaemia Foundation proudly announces that Toby Rudolf, the renowned NRL personality and Cronulla Sharks prop, has been nominated for the prestigious NRL Ken Stephens Medal ‘Man of the Year.’

Toby’s nomination is a testament to his remarkable dedication and generosity in supporting the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave 25th Anniversary.

Toby has emerged as a trailblazer in the fundraising efforts for the momentous 25th anniversary of World’s Greatest Shave. In a heart-warming display of solidarity, Toby bravely shaved his hair to show support for all Australians impacted by blood cancer, including leukaemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.

Over several months, Toby’s unwavering commitment to the cause brought the local community together, resulting in the generous contribution of close to $42,000.

This achievement positioned Toby Rudolf as the second-highest fundraiser nationally in the Individual Fundraiser category for World’s Greatest Shave in 2023.

Toby Rudolf’s outstanding accomplishment not only furthers the Leukaemia Foundation’s mission to provide essential support services to the 135,000 Australians currently living with blood cancer, but also advocates for equitable access to new therapies, treatments, and vital research to find a cure for blood cancer.

Chris Tanti, CEO of the Leukaemia Foundation, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Toby Rudolf for his remarkable efforts.

“The funds raised by Toby play a crucial role in ensuring that Australians affected by blood cancer have access to vital support services, including accommodation during treatment, transportation assistance to appointments, education and information about their diagnosis, as well as practical, financial, emotional, and mental health support,” said Mr Tanti.

Toby Rudolf now joins a distinguished list of Cronulla Sharks players who have participated in the much-loved World’s Greatest Shave campaign, including Sione Katoa, Royce Hunt, Braydon Trindall, Sifa Talakai, and Jensen Taumoepeau.

This year’s Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave witnessed an overwhelming display of support for individuals and families affected by blood cancer.

“In addition to celebrating our top fundraisers, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to each and every participant who contributed to this year’s World’s Greatest Shave,” Mr. Tanti said.

“Their passion, generosity, and dedication to fundraising have been awe-inspiring, motivating friends, family, and communities to rally behind them in support of this critical cause.

“Their invaluable contributions have helped the Leukaemia Foundation reach new heights and make a real difference in the fight against blood cancer.”

To learn more about the World’s Greatest Shave, visit, download the World’s Greatest Shave app, or call 1800 500 088.