The Leukaemia Foundation has celebrated the biggest, baldest efforts of World’s Greatest Shave heroes who lopped off, cut or coloured their locks over the past year in the name of supporting Australians living with blood cancer, with the top fundraisers for the 2020 campaign now revealed.
World’s Greatest Shave 2020 has drawn to a close with the nation’s top fundraisers announced in a special virtual event last Friday to honour their generosity and hairy sacrifice towards a shared goal to see zero lives lost to blood cancer by 2035.
Sydney’s Mario Rehayem took the top gong for the Individual fundraiser category, while a dedicated squad based mostly in South Australia jumped at the chance to support toddler Oscar Noye, claiming the title of top Family and Friends Team nationally in the process. Meanwhile, Victoria-based Midnight Oil clinched the win for the Workplace team category, and NSW’s Engadine High School slotted in at the top of the School fundraising team bracket. Finally, a School Encouragement Award, awarded to the school with the most active fundraisers in their team, went to 100 team members of Wesley College Perth.
Leukaemia Foundation General Manager of Supporters Rachael Lance congratulated all top fundraising teams and individuals for their World’s Greatest Shave efforts, describing them as an incredible act of solidarity with the 41 Australians diagnosed with a blood cancer every day.
“We know that blood cancer is a significant problem in Australia. It doesn’t discriminate, it can develop in anyone, of any age, in any territory and at any time. Unlike other cancers, there are no screening programs available and no way to prevent a blood cancer through lifestyle change,” Ms Lance said.
“Money raised through World’s Greatest Shave is critical to ensure that Australians diagnosed with this deadly set of diseases can gain the access they need to the best treatment, supportive care and trusted relevant information, regardless of where they live in Australia.
“All of these heroes should be immensely proud of their mammoth fundraising achievement knowing the profound impact their bold, brave show of kindness will have on families facing a blood cancer diagnosis.”
As the Leukaemia Foundation’s primary fundraising campaign, World's Greatest Shave continues to support and make a significant difference for Australians living with blood cancer.
All of the Leukaemia Foundation support services including emotional, information, financial and practical support continue to be provided at no cost.
Last year alone, over 52,000 nights of accommodation were provided to ensure regional families have a home-away-from-home when needing to relocate to a major city for their vital treatment and close to 30,000 patient transport services were provided to and from medical appointments and cancer treatments.
However, the Leukaemia Foundation is preparing for a shortfall in fundraising this year, with a number of community fundraising events being compromised or cancelled due to COVID-19.
"The reality is our organisation is relying now more than ever on the generosity of our brave World's Greatest Shave heroes so that together, we can continue to work towards achieving our goal to see zero lives lost to blood cancer by 2035, and we deeply appreciate any support through this time to continue delivering vital services,” Ms Lance said.
“Thank you to everyone who has already taken part and is continuing to participate in World’s Greatest Shave for your support and generosity. Your brave acts of shaving, cutting and colouring your hair make a significant difference to Australian men, women and children living with blood cancer. Thank you for helping to ‘shave’ the world from blood cancer!”
To sign up for World's Greatest Shave 2021 or support someone who has, visit worldsgreatestshave.com, download the World’s Greatest Shave app or call 1800 500 088 for more information.