The 20th anniversary for the World’s Greatest Shave is happening this week across Australia, with more than 20,000 participants colouring, cutting or shaving their hair and donating to the leukaemia foundation.
Over the last 20 years, more than 1.9 million people have coloured, cut or shaved their hair, all raising money and supporting the people in Australia living with blood cancer.
All donations and proceeds go towards supporting the leukaemia foundation, where blood cancer patients and their families are provided with the care the need and improving their quality of life.
The donations also fund leading Australian research and clinical trials; investing $38 million dollars since 2005 into a National Research Program, leading to game-changing discoveries.
35 Australians are diagnosed each day with blood cancer and the World’s Greatest Shave provides necessary funding to Australia’s leading research institutes to develop safer and more effective treatments to save lives and improve the quality of life.
Sophie Simmons, Fundraising Campaigns Coordinator for WA, said participating in the World’s Greatest Shave is a significant sacrifice to colour or shave their hair and exudes support those who are diagnosed and going through treatment. Very courageous.
“It’s a bold move to shave your hair, and its a big sacrifice and it’s a show of support to those blood cancer patients and other cancer patients who don’t have the choice and they’ll lose their hair,” she said.
Physically we are unable to feel what these patients are going through, but mentally deciding to shave your hair is a very courageous way of acknowledging their pain and showing support.
“We have a lot of people who take part who have a personal connection to blood cancer, they have lost someone, they’re doing the World’s Greatest Shave in memory,”
“Or those who are just taking the chance to support those who have blood cancer and don’t necessarily know someone or have been personally affected,” Ms Simmons explained.
It is estimated the World’s Greatest Shave will raise $16 million dollars nationally.
In Western Australia so far they’ve raised $1,195,940, and $10,350,175, with those figures expected to grow over the weekend.
If you are interested in getting involved but don’t want to commit to doing anything radical to your hair, all donations are accepted until the end of June.
Donations can be made online at www.worldsgreatestshave.com, by calling 1800 500 088 or by attending the World’s Greatest Shave public event this weekend is on at Yagan Square, on Saturday 17th March from 12-2pm.