Local mechanic and volunteer fire fighter, Felicity Oates took a bold step towards a cure for blood cancer recently when she shaved her hair for the World’s Greatest Shave.
Shaving all her hair off was a simple decision for Felicity, who lost her grandmother earlier this year and was determined to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
The World’s Greatest Shave 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.
Leukaemia Foundation General Manager of Supporters, Rachael Lance said; “money raised through the World’s Greatest Shave is critical to ensure that every man, woman and child diagnosed with blood cancer across the country, no matter where they live, can be supported”.
“By signing up and raising money for the World's Greatest Shave, you are ensuring 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 Lance.
Felicity raised $2146.45 and was supported by family and friends, the Snug Fire Brigade, Snug Village residents and the Rotary Club of D’Entrecasteaux Channel.
Pictured above: Felicity with proud mum Denise Oates and Rotarian Penny Brewer. Felicity raised over $2100 for the Leukaemia Foundation. (PS)