An iconic event raising funds towards research to find better treatments and cures for leukemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders, the World’s Greatest Shave begins next week and with the Sharks support.
Sharks NRL stars Sione Katoa, Royce Hunt, Jackson Ferris and Braydon Trindall have pledged to shave or colour their hair and to be a part of one of Australia’s most significant and largest fundraising events.
Sione has opted for a shave and colour of his flowing locks, while the other boys will be sporting a different look following the event in showing their support for the annual World’s Greatest Shave initiative where family, friends, businesses and individuals come together to raise money by getting sponsored to have their head shaved, hair coloured, or both.
The fundraising will also go towards supporting families by providing leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma patients with a free home-away-from-home near the hospital during their cancer treatments.
The patient and family support will also mean those facing blood cancer can access specialist emotional care, guidance through the sometimes confusing health systems and help with bills when things get tough. All at no additional cost.
The funds raised through World's Greatest Shave can be life changing.
“Every day, 47 Aussies are diagnosed with blood cancer. That’s one person every 31 minutes and over 17,000 people every single year,” Katoa explained.
“Blood cancer does not discriminate,” Hunt added. “It can develop in anyone, of any age and from anywhere. From young kids to older adults. It impacts everyone.”
There is no way to prevent blood cancers through lifestyle change and no matter how fit and healthy a person might be, blood cancer can still happen.
This year, the Leukaemia Foundation is aiming to raise $15 million to help individuals and families facing blood cancer, with 110,000 Australians currently living with the disease and Sharks members, fans and the general community can help through the club’s official fundraising associated with the World’s Greatest Shave.
Our goal is to raise $20,000 with the donation page and link now available. To donate click here: http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/cronullasharks
And stay tuned for more information as to when the Sharks quartet take part in this year’s World’s Greatest Shave.