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Hairy times: Leukaemia Foundation promotes World’s Greatest Shave

During the 2015–16 Big Bash League, the Adelaide Strikers raised money for the World's Greatest Shave.

The Leukaemia Foundation's annual fundraising event is returning next month for its 19th year. the World's Greatest Shave will run across four days this year – March 10–13 – and the organisers said they hoped to beat last year's $17 million total.

“Today, 34 Australians will be given the devastating news that they have leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma, and they’ll turn to the Leukaemia Foundation for help,” said Chris McMillan, general manager New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory at the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia.

“Getting sponsored to shave your hair is an extraordinary way to support them,  McMillan said. "The foundation receives no ongoing government funding. World’s Greatest Shave helps us fund urgent life-saving research and give families the emotional and practical support they need, free of charge.

“When you’re healthy, it’s hard to understand the value of counselling, transport to and from chemotherapy, or being given a place to stay during treatment if you come from the country. But this support matters when you’re too sick to work, and financial and emotional stress levels are high."

Workplaces and schools are encouraged to participate in the World's Greatest Shave by shaving their heads, dyeing their hair an unusual colour or wearing an amusing hairpiece during the fundraising period. There are also a range of organised events on throughout Australia that people can attend, and these can be found at the World's Great Shave website.

"More than 12,000 Australians will be diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma this year; equivalent to 34 people every day," the foundation stated. "Money raised will give families the emotional and practical support they need, and fund urgent research to save lives.

"More than 150,000 people from all walks of life will shave, colour or wax their hair in 2016. Some have a personal connection to blood cancer, while others simply take part to challenge themselves for the greater good."

Those wanting to get involved are asked to register on the World's Greatest Shave website and to start signing up sponsors among their friends, family, colleagues and associates. There is also an option to contribute money without getting involved with hair-based chicanery. For those looking for inspiration or guidance, there is a comprehensive list of tips and ideas available to help office managers, principals, chief executives, captains and team leaders organise a successful event.

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