This year, twelve extraordinary locals from Fairview took a stand against blood cancer by rallying together to lose their locks, colour their cuts, or shave their scalps in one of Australia’s most-loved charity events, the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.
The campaign aims to raise vital funds to support the growing number of Australians diagnosed with blood cancer including leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other related blood disorders.
Currently, 47 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancer every day. The Leukaemia Foundation’s latest Blood Cancer in Australia report confirms that in just 15 years, by 2035, this number will more than double to 100 people every day.
Fairview’s Marketing and Communications Officer, Laura Cole, organised the event on behalf of the organisation’s Health and Wellbeing Committee. “Our team have raised almost 5500 dollars in just under one month. The support from our family, friends and wider community has been phenomenal.”
Ms Cole said that the money raised through the World’s Greatest Shave is critical to ensure that every man, woman, child, and all Australians diagnosed with blood cancer across the country, no matter where they live, can be supported.
“With the money we’ve managed to raise, we have been able to ensure that families facing blood cancer have someone to turn to every step of the way, access to the best possible care and treatment and a place to call home during treatment,” said Ms Cole.
Fairview hosted an afternoon tea where all staff were able to cheer on those employees making the colour, cut or shave. Hollie Hunter of Malibu Hair and Beauty in Main Street Lithgow made the kind donation of her time and hairdressing tools in support of the cause. “Whether you have a personal connection to blood cancer or simply want to have fun and raise money for a good cause, it was such an honour to play a part in this year’s World’s Greatest Shave.“