EXTRAORDINARY Aussies are continuing to stand with people impacted by blood cancer by taking part in this year’s World’s Greatest Shave.
With The World’s Greatest Shave taking place across the country from March 16-20 (Shave Week), Aussies are preparing to lose their locks and wax their waves, raising much-needed funds for the Leukaemia Foundation to continue to support their family, friends, neighbours and local community living with blood cancer.
Australians such as Australian Survivor star Johnny Eastoe accepted his mission to shave the world and has bid farewell to his famous mullet for World’s Greatest Shave.
Johnny appeared on the popular Australian TV show in 2019 and decided to shave off his locks for all Australians fighting blood cancer.
“I braved the shave not because I know someone who is battling cancer directly, but I have lost a bloke who I considered an uncle growing up to lymphoma,” Johnny said.
“I just believe that if the opportunity to do something nice arises then it’s pretty piss poor if you don’t do it!”
After a visit to the Leukaemia Foundation, Johnny was blown away by their mission.
“I learned above all else the important role fundraising plays in the care and treatment of patients,” Johnny added.
“Whether it’s advice, a place to stay or even just a shoulder to cry on, these people have it covered.”
Leukaemia Foundation CEO Mr Chris Tanti said each person shaving, cutting, colouring or waxing (ouch) their hair was making a difference to the growing number of people diagnosed with blood cancer every day.
“I want to thank each and every one of our brave shavers who have signed up to World’s Greatest Shave this year to make it their mission to defeat blood cancer.
“By signing up, you are ensuring blood cancer patients have access to the right information, support and care they need to fight the disease as well as someone to turn to every step of the way,” Mr Tanti added.
“With all the devastation in the world, these remarkable Aussies are sending a powerful message of hope to those diagnosed, and this year that message is ringing especially loud and clear.
“50 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancer every day and in just 13 years that number is set to double to 100 by 2035.
“Sadly, blood cancer didn’t stop during the bushfires or COVID pandemic, and it won’t stop for floods, so neither can we.
“Together with our brave shavers, we believe it is possible to achieve our goal of zero lives lost to blood cancer by 2035.”
The Leukaemia Foundation is asking Australians to dig deep and support their loved ones and communities impacted by blood cancer by heading to worldsgreatestshave.com to donate.
Each generous donation provides vital support for the growing number of Australians diagnosed with blood cancer including leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood-related disorders.
World’s Greatest Shave is the single biggest source of funds that enable the work of the Leukaemia Foundation each year.
Not only does the money raised to support families impacted by blood cancer, but it also helps brilliant research scientists continue their search for better ways to diagnose and treat blood cancer more effectively.
With the Leukaemia Foundation continuing to face a devastating shortfall of donations, those taking part in this year’s World’s Greatest Shave will make an extraordinary difference to the lives of the 110,000 Australians currently living with blood cancer.
“The blood cancer community has endured a lot over the last few years,” Mr Tanti continued.
“With our country’s generosity and with our collective fighting spirit, we can rise to the challenge and help raise critical funds needed to continue to support and protect Australians impacted by blood cancer and ultimately to save lives.
“In the 24th year of this beloved campaign, we’re thrilled and extremely grateful that the national community is continuing to show up, support, and celebrate the World’s Greatest Shave,” Mr Tanti said.
It’s not too late, join the fight against blood cancer and register by signing up online at www.worldsgreatestshave.com or call 1800 500 088 for more information.
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