Letter to editor: thank you Gloucester

On behalf of the Leukaemia Foundation, I would like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to Gloucester Advocate readers for their incredible support of this years’ 20th World’s Greatest Shave.

The extraordinary people who shaved, cut or coloured their hair plus all their generous sponsors have now raised close to an incredible $5 million in NSW alone. This will help continue to provide its vital services that will make a genuine difference to local families facing blood cancer.

Services include free accommodation, transport, emotional support and disease specific education to Australians and their families as they find their way through some of the darkest days of their lives.

Plus, funds raised also contributes to Australian researchers who are working tirelessly to discover safer and more effective treatments. Although their critical research is improving survival rates, sadly 35 Australians are diagnosed with a blood cancer every single day.

Approximately 20,000 people have taken part, having shaved or cut away an estimated 7000 kilograms of hair, helping to create wigs for cancer patients. Thanks to our partners at Sustainable Salons Australia, for the first time shorter hair will now also be used to create ‘hair booms’ which will be used to soak up potential oil spills at sea.

Thank you for your support. We are well on our way to reaching our goal of $5,250,000. There’s still time for people to sign up or make a donation at www.worldsgreatestshave.com.au. Thanks to you, the foundation will be able to help more Australians with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders survive and live a better quality of life.

Bill Petch, CEO Leukaemia Foundation