Getting sponsored to shave or colour your hair has a huge impact on Aussie families facing up to the challenge of blood cancer
People of all ages will shave, colour or wax the hair on their head, chest or face, supported all the way by proud family, friends, colleagues and classmates.
Some have a personal connection to blood cancer, while others take part simply to have fun and raise money for a good cause.
When you sign up and raise money for the World’s Greatest Shave you can make a difference by giving families facing blood cancer the emotional and practical support they need.
You will also fund vital research that will help more people survive blood cancers like lymphoma, leukaemia and myeloma, while improving their quality of life.
Leukaemia,lymphoma and myeloma are types of blood cancer. They can develop in anyone, of any age, at any time.
More than 60,000 Australians are living with blood cancer or related disorders, and every day another 35 people will be diagnosed.
Blood cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death in Australia,claiming more lives than breast cancer or melanoma.
Although research is improving survival, sadly an Australian loses their life to blood cancer every two hours.
HOW WE HELP
The Leukaemia Foundation is the only national charity dedicated to helping more Australians survive their blood cancer and live a better quality of life.
The Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave began back in 1998 is now one of Australia’s biggest fundraising events.
This year it aims to raise $17 million with your help.
You've earned your first badge by signing up and promising to make the sacrifice – thanks!
You're off and running by raising your first dollar!
You've raised $250. That’s enough to enable a family to attend a support program specific to their blood cancer.
You've raised $560. That’s enough to give a regional family a free place to stay close to treatment in the city for one week.
You've raised $1200. That’s enough to provide free transport for people who are too ill to drive after chemotherapy treatment, for two weeks.
You've raised $2000. That’s enough to aid future breakthroughs by funding a major blood cancer research project, for one week.
You've raised $4800. That’s enough to fund 3 months of laboratory costs for a research project to discover better treatments for blood cancer.
You've raised $10,000. That’s enough to provide emotional support to help 300 families overcome the initial shock and stress of being diagnosed.