Close shave for a worthy cause
AFTER watching close friends and family battle cancer, Brassall teen Lucy Arnold decided she had to take a stand.
Joined by her 50-year-old mother Lynn, the 19-year-old will shave her head on March 12 at Brassall Shopping Centre as part of World’s Greatest Shave.
Eleven-year-old sister Molly will also join in, colouring her hair.
Ms Arnold said she hoped to raise $8000 for the cause.
“People think it is a huge deal, but hair grows back,” Ms Arnold said.
“It is all about the money.
“I just hope it will be enough.”
Mother Lynn said it was a cause that had closely touched the family, after a “dear family member” died of liver cancer in December.
Family friends have also battled and survived a cancer diagnosis.
“I lost my mother to ovarian cancer when I was 14,” Mrs Arnold said.
“It had a huge impact on my life.”
Funds raised from World’s Greatest Shave will help provide almost 40,000 nights of free accommodation a year to patients and their families while having treatment in Brisbane or Townsville.
In 2009/2010, more than 970 of those nights were for patients and their families from the Ipswich and West Moreton region.
Funds raised will also help the foundation invest more than $1 million a year in research.
Leukaemia Foundation Queensland chief executive Peter Johnstone said World’s Greatest Shave 2011 was more important than ever.
He said shaving or colouring was not only a fun way to raise funds but also showed empathy for blood cancer patients, who often lost their hair while undergoing treatment.
“It is always heartwarming to meet World’s Greatest Shave participants and hear their reasons for being involved in the foundation’s largest annual fundraiser,” he said.
“Whether they have lost a loved one or friend to a blood cancer, know someone who has survived treatment, or if they just have a genuine desire to help others, World’s Greatest Shave participants are united by their willingness to make a difference.”
Mr Johnstone said last year’s shave had raised a record of more than $4 million across Queensland, including almost $126,800 from 350 individuals and teams from Ipswich.
World’s Greatest Shave will be held from March 10 to 12.
World’s Greatest Shave registrations are being taken at www.worldsgreatestshave.com.