Australians from all walks of life will do something amazing to help beat blood cancer by signing up for the Leukaemia Foundation’s ‘World’s Greatest Shave’ from March 12-15.
The call to ‘be brave and shave’ is expected to see more than 150,000 people get sponsored to shave or colour their hair, raising funds for research and support of Australians with blood cancer.
“Every day, more than 31 Australians are expected to be diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma, including 4,000 people in NSW,” said Christine McMillan, General Manager of the Leukaemia Foundation in NSW/ACT.
World’s Greatest Shave is the Leukaemia Foundation’s most important fundraiser, providing vital funds to reduce the impact of blood cancer through research and support at no cost. In NSW, the goal is to raise more than $5.5 million.
“Thanks to World’s Greatest Shave supporters in 2014, thousands of people were able to access the Foundation’s services across Australia last year, including emotional support, information, transport to and from regular treatment and accommodation for regional families required to rush to the city for months or sometimes years of treatment,” said Christine.
“The Foundation was also able to invest millions of dollars in blood cancer research. Ongoing research is vital as sadly an Australian will lose their life to blood cancer every two hours. In fact, many people will be unaware that blood cancer claims more lives than breast cancer or melanoma.
The Leukaemia Foundation receives no ongoing government funding and relies on the community to continue its important work.
Sign up now at worldsgreatestshave.com or call 1800 500 088 for more information.
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