Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave 2016
In today’s post I’m raising awareness for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave 2016 which happens to be one of Australia’s biggest 4 day fundraising event that are held once a year around March. This year is no exception as the countdown for March 10-13 has begun.
So what is Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave 2016 all about? Basically every year the Leukaemia Foundation, a non-profit organisation runs an event in March with it’s slogan “Be Brave And Shave”. As the slogan suggests brave people get sponsored to either shave their hair off or colour their hair with the funds raised going towards helping people who are going through Leukaemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma & Related Blood Disorders as well as supporting Australian families with free emotional and practical support.
Front page of World’s Greatest Shave
When I was diagnosed with Stage 4 T-Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma back in November 2014, I was fortunate enough to be helped by the Leukaemia Foundation, but it’s from their donations that they received from last year’s Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave 2015, were they able to help me through my struggling journey and help many others that were going through the same ordeal.
How does the money help?
- $27 can provide emotional support to help someone overcome the shock of being diagnosed.
- $58 can support people who are too ill to drive by providing a day’s transport to and from treatment.
- $80 can give a family a place to call home for a night if they’ve had to move closer to treatment.
- $240 can give someone access to a disease-specific education and support program.
- $600 can help to fund a major blood cancer research project for 1½ days.
Me in hospital for a month & my last session of chemotherapy
Adrian Collins, CEO of the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia, says the money raised from World’s Greatest Shave will be used to continue the search for cures for blood cancers and to support families. “More than 11,500 Australians will be diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma this year – that’s equivalent to 31 people every day,” he said. “While decades of research have improved survival, sadly, not everyone survives. Blood cancer is the biggest cause of cancer death in Australia after lung cancer. It claims more lives each year than more well-known cancers, like breast cancer and melanoma.”
By supporting World’s Greatest Shave, you can help the Leukaemia Foundation to ease the burden on families impacted by blood cancer. We do this by providing free accommodation for regional families who need to relocate to a major city for treatment, transport to and from hospital, education and other practical and financial support.
World’s Greatest Shave Facebook FanPage
“Australia loves World’s Greatest Shave – it’s one of the country’s most fun and embraced fundraisers,” said Mr Collins. “It also provides more than 60% of the funds that the Leukaemia Foundation needs for our vital work. Because we receive no ongoing government funding, community support is essential to making our Vision to Cure and Mission to Care happen.”
In helping to spread the word about the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave 2016, I was given the opportunity to be interviewed on Hit 92.9FM by the Breakfast Crew Heidi, Will & Woody along with 2 other Cancer Survivors, where we relayed our story and how the Leukaemia Foundation played a vital role in our lives and to also make aware to everyone how important the World’s Greatest Shave is and how they will continue to help others that will experience the same disease as we had. My interview with Hit 92.9FM was on Monday 29th February and if you would like to listen to my 5 minute interview you can check it out in my followup blog post here.
The Breakfast Crew on Hit 92.9FM
“Whether you’ll be brave and shave, sponsor someone, or organise a World’s Greatest Shave event in your workplace or community group, sign up today and help us lighten the load on Australians affected by blood cancer.”
I would also like to give a special thank you to the following women at the Leukaemia Foundation here in Perth:
- Frankie Bird who has been supporting me at the Fiona Stanley Hospital as a Blood Cancer Support Coordinator.
- Ellissa Dohnt, Lara Andresen and Chela Dawson who have all been involved in booking the volunteer transport service for me each time I went into hospital for my chemotherapy. Also to the many drivers who were patient enough to wait for me when my appointments went over time.
- Chara Faux who gave me the opportunity to be interviewed for the radio station Hit 92.9FM and share my story.
Here’s the video promoting this years Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave 2016
Welcome to Chinville – World’s Greatest Shave 2016
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