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About the event

What is World’s Greatest Shave?

This iconic event is one of Australia's biggest fundraisers.

It's an annual event where family, friends, businesses and individuals come together to raise money by getting sponsored to be brave and shave their head.

You can also show your support by colouring your hair, waxing and more!

The money you collect from sponsors will go towards research, which is needed to find better treatments and cures for leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.

Your fundraising will also support families when they need it most, providing leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma patients with a free home-away-from-home near the hospital during their treatment.

It will also mean that families facing blood cancer can access specialist emotional care, guidance through confusing health systems and help with bills when things get tough. All at no cost to them.

Make no mistake - the funds raised through World's Greatest Shave are life-changing.

When is World’s Greatest Shave?

The official World's Greatest Shave week is 16–20 March 2022, but you can shave any day of the year!

How much of my fundraising goes to the cause?

World's Greatest Shave is one of the most cost-effective fundraising events in Australia. We aim to spend only 15% of the money raised on promotion and running the event.

We receive tremendous support from media organisations to extend our advertising and work hard to keep our costs low.

The money your sponsors give you will go towards research, which is needed to find better treatments and cures for leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders. Your fundraising will also support families when they need it most, with as much practical assistance and emotional support as they need, all free of charge.

Since starting in 1998, brave shavers so far have raised over $270 million to help beat blood cancer.

Donating

Are my online donations secure?

Of course! The Leukaemia Foundation wants to ensure that all of our supporters can donate and sponsor online with complete confidence. The Leukaemia Foundation has engaged Artez Interactive as its online fundraising software provider for this website which secures your private information using a VeriSign SSL Certificate. Information exchanged with any address beginning with HTTPS is encrypted using SSL before transmission.

How do I sponsor someone?

Click here to search for the participant.

Click their name > arrive at their online fundraising page > Click the green “Sponsor Me” button > complete the form with your credit card details. We’ll email you a tax-deductible receipt.

Why can’t I find the person I want to sponsor?

There could be a few reasons. They could have marked themselves as private, so they don't come up in the search results. Check your spelling - you can just put a few letters in the search boxes to widen your search.

Can my donation be anonymous?

You can request for your name and/or your donation amount to be hidden on the participant's online fundraising page. If you do, your name and/or amount will appear as "Privacy Requested".

As you make your donation, you’ll be asked if you’re happy to display your name and the amount on the Shaver’s online page - tick the boxes as desired.

However, please note we cannot make your donation anonymous from the participant. They will be able to see the name and amount you give from their secure fundraising dashboard.

Are donations tax-deductible?

All donations over $2.00 are tax-deductible. You will receive a tax receipt by email.

Can I get a new tax receipt?

If you lose your tax receipt, we can issue a duplicate. Contact us with the details of your donation, and we’ll email you a replacement. Note, the copy is marked ‘duplicate’ so you can’t claim twice.

Can my business donate?

Absolutely! When you reach the donation page, select "Make a business donation" and enter the Company name. Many businesses will match monies raised or donated by staff for occasions such as World's Greatest Shave. Start by asking your manager, or if you have further questions, please contact us.

Can I donate to the whole team and not one person on the team?

Yes, you can sponsor a team. Search for the group using the team name or the name of the team captain. When their team name appears in the list, click the team name, and you’ll arrive at the Team’s online fundraising page. Then it’s easy to click “Sponsor the team” and complete the payment with your credit card details. A tax-deductible receipt is sent by email directly to you. And your sponsorship goes towards the team total without sponsoring any specific member of the team.

Can I donate from overseas?

Of course!

Our system accepts donations in Australian dollars via VISA and MasterCard from overseas.

Make sure to select ‘country’ first when completing the donation form so that our system will accept a non-Australian address.

You will receive a receipt via email, but you'll need to check with your financial advisor about whether the donation is tax-deductible outside Australia.

I'm having trouble donating.

An error message may indicate your card was declined or the transaction failed for some reason.

Please check that the card number and expiry date you are entering are correct. Confirm that there are sufficient funds available, and the card is valid.

Check your credit card statement to see if we charged the transaction to your account.

If there’s been a problem, email us or call on 1800 500 088.

Why can’t I open the tax receipt you sent me?

We send you an email when you made a donation and attach your tax receipt as a PDF document. Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe PDF Reader. If you still need help, contact us and we’ll assist you.

Why isn't my donation showing on the participants page?

You may have made a general donation to World’s Greatest Shave instead of sponsoring a particular person.

Or you may have requested privacy while you were making your donation. If so, your donation will show as ‘Privacy Requested’ on the participant's online page.

Call us on 1800 500 088 and we will move your donation to the right spot.

How to take part

How do I sign up?

Sign up online! Click the sign up button at the top, right-hand corner of our website.

We’ll ask you for some necessary contact information including an email address (it’s the cheapest way for us to contact you). We’ll ask you for a username and password so you can log in to the website and ask people to join you and or sponsor you.

Who can take part?

Anyone! Sign up here; we'd love to have you on board.

Is there an age limit?

There is no age limit to participating. BUT if you are under 18, you MUST get permission from a parent or guardian AND your school before participating.

Please download our Under 18 Consent Form. Please keep for your records as proof that you have permission to participate.

Many students do not shave or colour during term times as it can be against school policy – and choose instead to shave at the end of the year, so they are shaved during the holidays, and it has time to grow back before the start of the new school year.

Will I receive a fundraising kit in the post?

If you would like a physical kit, give us a call on 1800 500 088. Don't forget there are plenty of fundraising tips available on our Useful Resources page too!

My kit hasn’t arrived yet.

If you requested a physical kit, the delivery should take 10-15 working days to reach you. If it has not arrived, call us on 1800 500 088 and we will get it sorted for you.

Do I have to shave my head?

No, you can cut, colour, wax, or wear a wig for the day. If you colour, use a temporary colour spray or coloured hair wax.

Some people (mostly men) also shave or wax another part of their body, for example, a beard, moustache, legs, chest or back.

You could also rock rainbow locks, a mullet or a bowl cut as you count down to your buzz cut. These are all excellently Instagram-able moments!

How short do I have to shave?

If you’re going to shave, we prefer clipper length No.1 or No.2. Many women opt for No.3 or No.4. For health and liability reasons, we don’t recommend blade shaves down to the skin.

Can I donate my hair for wigs, or repurpose my hair?

Yes! We’re going green with the brilliant people at Sustainable Salons and repurposing the hair you’re bravely shaving!

Many of the ponytails snipped from those taking part can be turned into wigs for those with cancer, while shorter hair clippings can be transformed into compost and even floating booms to absorb oil spills at sea. Cool!

You can place ponytails that are a minimum of 20cm, dry, tied at the top, plaited in the middle and tied at the bottom (coloured is okay) in a zip lock bag.

You can post all ponytail donations to:

World’s Greatest Shave Ponytails
c/o Sustainable Salons
GPO Box 322
SYDNEY NSW 2001

Please ensure you apply the correct amount for postage. You can use a prepaid satchel (take careful notice of the weight restrictions on the pouch) or take your ponytails in the envelope into the Post Office for the customer service representative to process for you. Unfortunately, Australia Post won’t deliver any parcels with incorrect postage to Sustainable Salons.


Can a team of us take part?

It’s great fun in a group! We encourage you to take part in a team of friends, workmates, or classmates if you can. Start a team and nominate yourself as the team captain. Team captains can recruit more team members and keep the enthusiasm going in the lead up to the day when everyone shaves or colours their hair.

How do I join a team?

Click here to sign up > Join a team > Search for the group you want to join > Select the team name > Fill in your details.

How can I invite people to join my team?

Team captains can log in to the website and send an email to invite people to join their team. The email contains a link which invitees can click on to take them through and register. Once they complete registration, they will be part of your team.

I signed up as an individual and would like to create a team.

If you signed up as an individual and other people want to join you, you can upgrade to a team.
Click here to Log in > Click TEAM from the left-hand menu > Create a team. Easy peasy.

How can I make sure my private shave event is safe?

Always keep the clippers clean and oiled during your shave.

Brush the clipper blades between each shave and wipe the edges with a cloth and a few drops of hospital grade disinfectant (available from all supermarkets).

Every two or three shaves, you may also need to put a couple of drops of clipper oil on the blades. Make sure you wipe this off before shaving the next person.

If colouring hair we recommend temporary coloured hair spray. Always cover people's eyes when spraying their hair – a small piece of cardboard or plastic is best for this.

Asking professional hairdressers to help at your private shave event (if safe to do so) is a good idea as they deal with the safety and comfort of clients every day.

Always sweep up unwanted hair – a dustpan and brush are best for this.

Shavers, sprayers and sweeper-uppers should all wear disposable gloves during your private shave event.

Read all the safety tips by logging into your fundraising dashboard and looking under the Policies and Safety tab on your home page.

Can I use some of the money I raise to buy hair spray?

No, please do not use any of your fundraising money to buy hair spray. Your sponsors have donated money, believing it will go towards the charity, so you must give it directly to the Leukaemia Foundation.

If you need a receipt for donated goods, please contact the Leukaemia Foundation. Please note, Tax Office rules do not allow receipts to be written for donated services.

Does my hair have to be coloured permanently?

No. Generally, participants choose to colour their hair using brightly coloured, non-permanent, spray-on colour.

Where can I get hair colour?

Non-permanent hair colour sprays are available in many leading pharmacies and large retail chains. Your local hairdresser can also offer advice about colouring your hair with non-permanent coloured hairsprays and waxes.

Does the Leukaemia Foundation provide colour hair spray?

We recommend you go to your local pharmacy, large retail chain or hairdresser and purchase non-permanent coloured hairsprays.

Should I worry about the hair spray if I have asthma?

All sprays and chemicals could cause an asthma attack. Therefore, all sprays should be used carefully if you have asthma or if there’s someone with asthma around. Allergic responses vary from person to person, but it’s never a good idea to spray anything into anyone’s face, and it’s important to ask someone if they’re affected by hair spray before colouring their hair.

Will my hair grow back?

Of course, it will. By clipping your hair short, you’re not destroying any hair follicles so it will grow back the same as before. How quickly that happens varies from person to person.

Can I download the World’s Greatest Shave logo?

We offer various graphics to brighten up your email signature and social media accounts:

• Instagram stories

• Instagram tiles

• Facebook banners

• Zoom backgrounds

Please take a look at our useful resources. If you still require our logo, email us or call on 1800 500 088.

Can I take part if I don’t live in Australia?

Yes, of course. There's a couple of things that affect you if you take part in another country:

When you sign up choose 'Outside Australia' as your location. When completing your address details, please select your country FIRST so that our system will accept your non-Australian address.

We suggest you log in to our website and do as much fundraising as you can online. Our system accepts VISA and MasterCard from overseas accounts.

Your online donors will still receive a receipt, but they'll need to check with their financial advisor about whether the donation is tax-deductible if they live outside Australia.

If you raise any funds in cash, bank that money in your account and donate through our website for the same amount using a credit card.

When and where to take part

When is World’s Greatest Shave?

The official World's Greatest Shave week is 16–20 March 2022, but you can shave any day of the year!

Where can I go to shave?

This year, shaves will take place in backyards, workplaces, hair salons and lounge rooms across the country. We ask anyone holding their private shave event to comply with up-to-date state COVID-19 regulations. www.healthdirect.gov.au/covid19-restriction-checker

If anyone involved in the private shave event becomes unwell – we ask that you postpone your event or take it online using tools like Facebook or Instagram Live and Zoom.

Planning a virtual shave event means people can tune in and join you no matter where they are in a safe, fun way. Check out this cool resource.

This is the best way to shave in 2021!

Can I shave at another time of year?

Absolutely. You’re welcome to shave any time during the year and sign up is open all year round.

The official World's Greatest Shave week is 16–20 March 2022, but you can shave any day of the year!

How can I update my shave date?

You can update your shave date by logging into your fundraising dashboard through the website.

Click here to log in. Go to Profile > Update other info > Change your date > Update

Can I get media coverage for my private event?

Yes, spread the word! Tell your local media about your shave or colour. Please remember to call it ‘World’s Greatest Shave’ and not ‘Shave for a Cure’, as the money supports patients, not just research.

If the media requires information about the Leukaemia Foundation, or about leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders, they must talk to the Leukaemia Foundation’s Media Manager in your state. Click here for contact details.

Where can I find a hairdresser to help?

Often the best place to start is your local hairdresser. Then check with others in your suburb or town. Do you have any friends that might own clippers?

Due to social distancing restrictions in place to keep our communities safe, the Leukaemia Foundation encourages participants to shave at home.

The safety of the blood cancer community is always our highest priority.

For the best tips and ideas, check out this cool resource.

What is the World’s Greatest Shave doing about COVID-19?

The Leukaemia Foundation is closely following advice from State and Federal health departments.

Leukaemia Foundation staff must take reasonable care for their health and safety and to not adversely affect the health and safety of others. Our team will always practice hygiene and other measures to protect against infections, including:

  • Washing their hands often, with soap and water, or carrying hand sanitiser and using it as needed.
  • They are covering their mouth while coughing or sneezing.
  • They will see a health care professional if they start to feel unwell.
Will there be any public shave events on this year?

The safety of the blood cancer community is always our highest priority.

Safety of those shaving, volunteering or spectating has been our guiding principle in making the decision not to host any official World’s Greatest Shave public events in 2021.

This year, shaves will take place in backyards, workplaces, hair salons and lounge rooms across the country.

Fundraising

How do I get sponsors?

When you sign up, we'll give you your very own fundraising page where you can upload photos, post videos to your timeline, choose a goal and tell your story.

From within your fundraising dashboard, you can send emails asking for sponsorship. Log in and click Fundraising > Get sponsors. The email will contain a link to your fundraising page, where people can sponsor you with their credit card – easy!

Start asking for sponsorship as early as possible. Remember that by asking someone to sponsor you, you are allowing them to support an extremely worthwhile cause. So cast your net wide; family and friends, colleagues, business contacts, mates at the pub/club, staff from other businesses in your building, suppliers, clients.

Don’t know how to ask? Look at our fundraising tips!


Should I set up a Facebook Fundraiser?

We’ve created an official fundraising page for you through World’s Greatest Shave.

When you share your fundraising page onto social media for friends and family to support you, Facebook may prompt you to set up a fundraiser through them too.

Facebook is an excellent way to fundraise. However, if you choose to set up a Facebook Fundraiser as well, we may not be able to directly match Facebook raised funds to your World’s Greatest fundraising page, as these two pages are not connected. Facebook send us 100% of the funds that you raise approximately every 60 days.

We love following your journey and celebrating your massive efforts alongside you, which is why we recommend that you use your official World's Greatest Shave fundraising page.

Where can I get fundraising tips and ideas?

Click here to find excellent, useful tips!

Can I knock on doors in my street to ask for donations?

We don't recommend that you doorknock your neighbourhood to collect sponsorship or promote World’s Greatest Shave. It's not always a safe or profitable thing to do.

In many council areas around Australia, doorknocking requires a special permit.

Can I run a prize draw to raise funds?

You can run a small raffle or trade promotion in aid of a charity, but the rules can be complicated and vary from state to state. It depends on how valuable the prizes are and whether you are selling tickets or giving a free access in return for a donation. You’ll need to check with your local state government’s lotteries and gaming department. Click here to find yours.

Do I ask for money before or after I shave?

Both!

Most of your fundraising will take place before you shave.

Fundraising after you've shaved your head is significant too, as everyone can already see the incredible sacrifice you've made and how committed you are to the cause.

Spread the word and fundraise online, or get creative and raise money at work, school and in your community. Check out our fundraising tips!

How can someone sponsor me by credit card?

Click here to log in to your fundraising dashboard > Click Get sponsors > You can send an email which contains a link to your personal fundraising page, making it easy for people to click “Sponsor Me” and complete their credit card sponsorship online.

OR

Ask your sponsors to visit www.worldsgreatestshave.com > Click the Donate button > Search for you. Once they’ve found your Profile Page it’s easy to click “Sponsor Me” and complete their credit card donation online. A tax-deductible receipt is sent by email directly to your sponsor.

Can I set a target, so I only shave when I get to a certain goal?

Yes, you can. However, please commit to colouring your hair with non-permanent hair colour whatever you raise and tell your sponsors you will shave once you reach your target. This way, you are still doing something to your hair to help our cause.

Non-permanent hair colour sprays are available in many leading pharmacies and large retail chains. Your local hairdresser can also offer advice about colouring your hair with non-permanent coloured hairsprays and waxes.

Can I show on my Profile Page what people have pledged before I bank the money?

Our system only displays your fundraising once you've paid it in using a verified method. Online methods - credit card or PayPal display immediately. While EFT or BPAY may take up to 2 working days to show on your page.

Can I split the money I raise between you and another charity or good cause?

While there are countless worthy causes, if you sign up and raise funds through World's Greatest Shave, you are legally required to direct all the money to the Leukaemia Foundation.

By law, all donors need to be clear about which charity they are supporting and must be issued with a receipt from that charity (if it's $2 or more). You are not able to decide to give your donor's money to another charity, however worthy or urgent that cause might be.

Your fundraising enables the Leukaemia Foundation to continue investing in vital blood cancer research and free services to support thousands of Australian families every year.

If people give me cash, how do I give people receipts?

If your sponsor has given you cash and needs a receipt, you can pay-in the funds online:

Log in to your fundraising dashboard > Click Fundraising > Click Pay-in money.

Under Enter a new cash donation > Choose ''I need to give someone a receipt for this'' > Enter the details of the donation and enter their email (or your email).

Proceed with payment using a credit card or PayPal. The receipt will automatically be emailed to the email address you entered.

Alternatively, if you have used BPAY or banked cash at the bank, you can submit this receipt request form. We will need to verify that we’ve received the funds, then we’ll send you the receipt accordingly.

How much of my fundraising goes to the cause?

World's Greatest Shave is one of the most cost-effective fundraisers in Australia. We aim to spend only 15% of the money raised on promotion and running the experience.

We receive tremendous support from media organisations to extend our advertising, and we work hard to keep our costs low.

The money your sponsors give you will go towards research, which is needed to find better treatments and cures for leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders. Your sponsorship will also support families when they need it most, with as much practical assistance and emotional support as they need, all free of charge.

Since starting in 1998 brave shavers so far have raised over $270 million to help beat blood cancer.

Can my research funding be directed to a particular type of blood cancer research?

The money you raise through World’s Greatest Shave will go to funding vital research to drive rapid advancements in treatments and improve quality of life for all people living with blood cancer.

The Leukaemia Foundation funds high impact research, concentrating resources on projects with the most significant potential to benefit all people living with blood cancer. We work with leading research groups, like the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand and Cancer Australia, funding projects from PhD scholarships through to clinical trials.

Your support is crucial in funding innovations in blood cancer diagnosis, treatments and ultimately a cure. Unfortunately, it's not possible to specify your funds directed to a particular research stream.

Your generous donation will also support families of blood cancer patients when they need it most, with as much practical assistance and emotional support as they need, all free of charge.

If I buy a T-shirt, can the amount be added to my fundraising total?

A separate company runs our online shop.

By making a purchase you are helping to fund the special care families need to make it through a blood cancer diagnosis and help further the search for a cure.

A third of your purchase goes directly to the Leukaemia Foundation. We cannot allocate these funds to your fundraising total.

What does Privacy Requested mean?

If a sponsor wants to remain anonymous online, they can. We’ll display ‘Privacy requested’ on your online Profile Page instead.

The same applies to any participant who doesn’t want to appear on the website scoreboards. You can log in and change this if you’d like your name to appear or disappear!

If you have any questions, please give us a call on 1800 500 088.

Why is my fundraising page not showing the correct total raised?

Offline banking like EFT, BPAY, cash deposit, cheques & receipt book donations can take up to 5 working days to show on your page. Remember to use your unique reference number to help us match the deposit to your registration.

If you have chosen to set up a Facebook Fundraiser, we may not be able to directly match Facebook raised funds to your World’s Greatest Shave fundraising page, as these two pages are not connected. Facebook send us 100% of the funds that you raise approximately every 60 days.

Are you a member of a team? Your sponsors can make donations to your team, as well as directly to you. Check your team page – the contribution you’re looking for might have ended up there.

Has your employer matched your donations? Maybe you or your workmates have set up workplace giving through your employer or payroll administrator. These funds can take up to 90 days to be transferred to us. If you think this applies to you, let us know, and we’ll power through the paperwork.

If you have any questions, please give us a call on 1800 500 088.

When is the banking deadline to be a World’s Greatest Shave Top Fundraiser?

Bank before or on 30 June 2022 to be in the running for the World’s Greatest Shave top fundraisers recognition!

If you have any questions, please give us a call on 1800 500 088.

Partners

Are you a teacher? Access these great resources for your class.

World’s Greatest Shave has partnered with Teach Starter!

To download ready-to-use, curriculum-aligned teaching resources expertly designed for primary school teachers and their students; click here.

Power up your ponytail with Sustainable Salons

We're repurposing the hair you bravely shave with Sustainable Salons.

Many of the ponytails snipped from those taking part can now be turned into wigs for those with cancer, while shorter hair clippings will be transformed into compost and even floating booms to absorb oil spills at sea. How cool!

You can place ponytails that are a minimum of 20cm, dry, tied at the top, plaited in the middle and tied at the bottom (coloured is okay) in a zip lock bag.

You can post all ponytail donations to:

World’s Greatest Shave Ponytails
c/o Sustainable Salons
GPO BOX 322
SYDNEY NSW 2001

Please ensure you apply the correct amount for postage. You can use a prepaid satchel (take careful notice of the weight restrictions on the pouch) or take your ponytails in the envelope into the Post Office for the customer service representative to process for you. Unfortunately, Australia Post won’t deliver any parcels with incorrect postage to Sustainable Salons.

Paying in money and receipt books

How do I pay in cash collected?

Ways to pay:

Pay-in on your credit card

Log in to your fundraising dashboard and choose the “Pay-in Funds” option.
You can list family and friends’ names on your donor board and pay-in the funds using a credit card or PayPal. If you need to, you can also issue receipts for the donations.

BPAY®

Using online or phone banking is as easy as paying a bill. You'll need a BPAY customer reference number. You can find this by logging in to your fundraising dashboard. Please allow 48 hours for funds to show.

Our Biller Code is: 939488

At the bank

Collect all the cash and cheques and take them to any branch of NAB. Give us a call for the bank details.

If you have any questions, please give us a call on 1800 500 088.

If people give me cash, how do I give people receipts?

If your sponsor has given you cash and needs a receipt, you can pay-in the funds online:

Log in to your fundraising dashboard > Click Fundraising > Click Pay-in money.

Under Enter a new cash donation > Choose ''I need to give someone a receipt for this'' > Enter the details of the donation and enter their email (or your email).

Proceed with payment using a credit card or PayPal. The receipt will automatically be emailed to the email address you entered.

Alternatively, if you have used BPAY or banked cash at the bank, you can submit this receipt request form. We will need to verify that we’ve received the funds, then we’ll send you the receipt accordingly.

Can you send me a receipt book?

To request a receipt book please contact us online or call us on 1800 500 088.

Please remember that by law you need to return the receipt book to us, even if you didn’t use it.

What’s the deadline for paying in the donations I received?

We ask that you bank any cash collected as soon as you can. Bank before or on 30 June 2022 to be in the running for the World’s Greatest Shave top fundraisers recognition! There are lots of easy ways to pay-in.

Pay-in on your credit card

Log in to your fundraising dashboard and choose the “Pay-in Funds” option.
You can list family and friends’ names on your donor board and pay-in the funds using a credit card or PayPal. If you need to, you can also issue receipts for the donations.

BPAY®

Using online or phone banking is as easy as paying a bill. You'll need a BPAY customer reference number. You can find this by logging in to your fundraising dashboard. Please allow 48 hours for funds to show.

Our Biller Code is: 939488

At the bank

Collect all the cash and cheques and take them to any branch of NAB. Give us a call for the bank details.

If you have any questions, please give us a call on 1800 500 088.


Merchandise

Where can I buy a World’s Greatest Shave T-shirt and hat?

Our online shop is temporarily closed for renovations. Please call 1800 500 088 and our sidekicks will do their best to support your merchandise needs.

When is the online shop returning?

Our online shop is temporarily closed for renovations and will reopen in the coming weeks. Please call 1800 500 088 and our sidekicks will do their best to support your merchandise needs.

Can I exchange items if they are the wrong size?

Unfortunately, due to limited stock, we cannot offer any exchanges.

How long will my merchandise request take?

Your merchandise will be sent via Australia Post, Standard Service, which takes between 5-7 working days from the time of lodgement. Please allow 24-48 hours for your request to be lodged.

Delivery times may also vary based on your geographic location and postage delays due to COVID-19. Where possible, we advise making a merchandise enquiry at least 2 weeks before your event date.

Call our team of sidekicks on 1800 500 088.

Are the World’s Greatest Shave balloons environmentally friendly?

These balloons are made of natural rubber latex and are biodegradable. We encourage participants to follow smart balloon practice:

  • Keep balloons secured to a weight
  • Do not release balloons outdoors
  • Use balloons indoors as a decoration item to reduce the risk of accidental littering
  • Dispose of deflated or popped balloons properly

Website and Fundraising Dashboard

What can I do when I log in?

When you log in to your fundraising dashboard, you have access to a set of fundraising tools and downloads. This is your secure fundraising dashboard that only you can see.

• You can set a fundraising goal for yourself, add a photo and your story.

• You can download posters and heaps of other great social resources.

• You can send emails to get sponsors and track your fundraising results.

• You can thank your sponsors by writing them a personalised thank you email.

• You can recruit team members by sending emails asking people to join your team.

• You can update any of your event and contact details and even change your password.

• You can accept or delete comments from sponsors.

• You can pay-in your funds and more!

Log in now!

What is my Fundraising Profile Page?

Your Fundraising Profile Page is the page people see when they search for you on the website.

Take a ‘before’ photo and make it your profile pic. Then update your page with your story, letting everyone know WHY you are undergoing your superhero transformation.

Update your page along your shave journey to get your sponsors excited! Your fundraising page has a timeline – a bit like Facebook. Use it regularly to post photos, video updates or thank you messages.

Don’t forget to add your shave photo on the day

How do people find my Fundraising Profile Page?

Your sponsors can search for you on our website by clicking the ‘Donate’ button. They will need to search for your name or your team’s name. Once they’ve found your fundraising page, they can click the ‘Sponsor Me’ button.

You can also log in > Click Get sponsors > send an email to your sponsors containing your unique link. Or > Under Share my page > click on the Facebook or Twitter icons to share your unique link on social.

How do I make changes to my Fundraising Profile Page?

Log in and use the menu items on the left to navigate the area you would like to update. Most updates can also be made from the main page.

If you have any questions, please give us a call on 1800 500 088 or use our online chat function.

Where do I add my before and after photos?

You can add photos to your Fundraising Profile Page by logging in and adding to your timeline or changing your profile picture.

Log in > Click Fundraising > Click My timeline > Click the camera icon > Upload a photo or paste in the URL of the video to embed > Click Post to my page.

Share your photos on Facebook or Instagram, use #worldsgreatestshave and, our website could feature you!

How can I upload a video on my Fundraising Profile Page?

You can add photos to your Fundraising Profile Page by logging in and adding to your timeline or changing your profile picture.

Log in > Click Fundraising > Click My timeline > Click the camera icon > Upload a photo or paste in the URL of the video to embed > Click Post to my page.

Share your photos on Facebook or Instagram, use #worldsgreatestshave and, our website could feature you!

What picture formats can I upload?

If you would like to upload a photo to your timeline or profile picture, accepted file types are jpg and gif. Make sure you choose an image that can fit a square profile.

How do I delete a message on my timeline?

If someone’s written something you don’t like, you can hide it.

Log in to your fundraising hub > Click Fundraising > Click My Timeline > Find the message on your timeline you wish to hide > Click Remove on the right-hand side of the page > The button will be highlighted red, so click Remove again to permanently delete the message.

What does banked funds mean?

When you take funds to the bank, they show up on your fundraising total a couple of days later. We display the amount you banked as ‘Banked funds’. This will show each time you take money to the bank.

The money I’ve banked isn’t showing up on my page.

We need a couple of days for the money to get from your bank to our bank account. If it’s not showing on your Fundraising Profile Page after three days, contact us, and we’ll look in to it.

Can someone sponsor me from overseas?

Of course!

Our system accepts donations in Australian dollars via VISA and MasterCard from overseas.

Ask them to select ‘country’ first when completing the donation form so that our system will accept a non-Australian address.

They will receive a receipt via email, but they'll need to check with their financial advisor about whether the donation is tax-deductible outside Australia.

Is there a World’s Greatest Shave Facebook page?

Yes! It’s a great way to keep up-to-date with the latest news. Follow us on all our socials - Facebook and Instagram.

Where do I find the media centre/press office?

Please reach out to the Leukaemia Foundation’s Media Manager in your state. Click here for contact details.

How do I post to map of Australia?

Adding a pic or video is easy on the Shave Map page click the 'Join the map' button, or upload to your public Instagram page by tagging #worldsgreatestshave and your location (e.g. #Sydney) and voila! You'll appear on the map in a day or so!

We are here to support you every step of the way so please reach out if you have any questions on 1800 500 088.

Why aren't I on the map?

Only public social posts containing #worldsgreatestshave and your location (e.g. #Sydney) can be added to the map. If you have completed this step, your post will be reviewed before being added to the map.

It also helps if you've uploaded a photo on the Shave Map page by clicking 'Join the map' and filling in the form.

Map posts are plotted in a general location to maintain your privacy so try viewing posts close to your hashtagged location.

If you still need help, please contact us on 1800 500 088.

Leukaemia Foundation

What does the Leukaemia Foundation do?

The Leukaemia Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma, and related blood disorders.

Visit the Leukaemia Foundation for more information.

What is leukaemia?

Leukaemia is a cancer of the bone marrow. Visit the Leukaemia Foundation website for more information about blood cancer.

How do people get leukaemia?

Factors that may affect the development of leukaemia are not apparent. However, they may include genetic history, exposure to intense radiation and certain chemicals such as benzene, and viruses such as the Human T-cell leukaemia virus.

Visit the Leukaemia Foundation website for more information about blood cancer.

How many people are affected by blood cancers?

Blood cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in Australia. More than 110,000 people are living with blood cancer or a related blood disorder in Australia today. Every year, more than 18,485 Australians will be newly diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. This is over 50 people every day or one person every 28 minutes.

Visit the Leukaemia Foundation website for more information about blood cancer.

Does the Leukaemia Foundation help people with lymphoma?

Yes, we help patients and families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.

Visit the Leukaemia Foundation website for more information about our services.

Policies and legal stuff

How can I make sure my private shave event is safe?

Always keep the clippers clean and oiled during your shave.

Brush the clipper blades between each shave and wipe the edges with a cloth and a few drops of hospital grade disinfectant (available from all supermarkets).

Every two or three shaves, you may also need to put a couple of drops of clipper oil on the blades. Make sure you wipe this off before shaving the next person.

If colouring hair we recommend temporary coloured hair spray. Always cover people's eyes when spraying their hair – a small piece of cardboard or plastic is best for this.

Asking professional hairdressers to help at your private shave event (if safe to do so) is a good idea as they deal with the safety and comfort of clients every day.

Always sweep up unwanted hair – a dustpan and brush are best for this.

Shavers, sprayers and sweeper-uppers should all wear disposable gloves during your private shave event.

Read all the safety tips by logging into your fundraising dashboard and looking under the Policies and Safety tab on your home page.

Is there an age limit?

There is no age limit to participating. But if you are under 18, you must get permission from a parent or guardian and your school before participating.

Please download our Under 18 Consent Form. Please keep for your records as proof that you have permission.

Many students do not shave or colour during term times as it can be against school policy – and choose instead to shave at the end of the year, so they are shaved during the holidays, and it has time to grow back before the start of the new school year.

Why do I have to agree to the waiver?

It’s a requirement of our insurance cover that we have clear policies and to make everyone aware of the health and safety aspects of participating in World’s Greatest Shave.

The terms and conditions & waiver can be found here.

If you have any questions, please give us a call 1800 500 088.

Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions can be found here.

If you have any questions, please give us a call 1800 500 088.

What are the World’s Greatest Shave Fundraising Guidelines?

World's Greatest Shave fundraising guidelines are a set of guidelines you must follow if you are fundraising for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Each state and territory also have their own distinct rules about fundraising. If you are planning to conduct fundraising activities outside of collecting funds online through your Fundraising Profile Page please make sure to read the guidelines.

If you have any questions, please give us a call 1800 500 088.