Are you going to shave for a cure this year?

Goulburn MP Pru Goward is encouraging locals to step up and support the participants who will shave, wax or colour their hair (and more than a few beards) for this year’s World’s Greatest Shave charity fundraising events.

The 2017 World’s Greatest Shave will be held from Thursday to Sunday, March 16 to 19.

HAIR GONE: Last year Kirsten Hewitt along with others from the Crookwell area shaved their hair, raising essential funds for the Cancer Council.

HAIR GONE: Last year Kirsten Hewitt along with others from the Crookwell area shaved their hair, raising essential funds for the Cancer Council.

“Our own community members will soon be participating, by donating their hair for this very worthwhile cause,” Ms Goward said.

“Their generous support will add to the more than $200 million raised across the country since the World’s Greatest Shave began almost 20 years ago.”

Held every year since 1998, the event raises funds for the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia, which uses the donations for research into leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.

“Funds are also used to assist families affected by these cancers with accommodation and transport during treatment. It’s such a good reason to dig deep and support people living with these serious illnesses and their families,” Ms Goward said.

Leukaemia is cancer of the blood cells, which usually starts in the bone marrow. Although numbers have decreased over the past decade, it accounts for almost 2.7 per cent of new cancer cases and is the most common cancer in children under the age of 15.

Lymphomas include the two main types, Hodgkins and non-Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL), with NHL being the most common form, making up more than four percent of new cancers. Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the white blood cells.

  • If you are planning a shave event this year please contact the Gazette to help promote your fundraiser shave or colour: worldsgreatestshave.com