The World’s Greatest Shave is upon us this week with Shave Week commencing from March 11th through to March 15th!
The World’s Greatest Shave is a fundraising event to raise money for people affected by blood cancer. It is run by the Leukemia Foundation whose primary goal is to have zero lives lost to blood cancer by 2035! This is the 22nd year that this well-loved fundraising event has occurred – with 37,500kg of hair estimated to have been removed!
If you are participating in the World’s Greatest Shave this year one way to boost your fundraising is to auction off the right to shave or colour your hair to the highest bidder! The World’s Greatest Shave has many other suggestions on their website about how you can fundraise for this cause.
Proceeds from fundraising provide practical and emotional support services to families undertaking treatment for blood cancer. Practical and emotional support services are provided by Blood Cancer Support Co-ordinators.
Practical support services include:
- the provision of free or subsidised accommodation to families who live in regional, rural or remote areas of Australia;
- accessing free or subsidised transport to and from medical appointments and treatment facilities;
- financial assistance such as accessing income protection or early superannuation payments, advocacy for no gap medical charges and reductions in school and childcare fees;
- reviewing eligibility of relevant and applicable Centrelink payments as well as help handling Centrelink applications;
- connecting with local support services i.e. meal delivery and cleaning services,
- school visits to explain and discuss blood cancer with children’s classmates;
- relationship, intimacy and sexuality support, information and referral to services;
- assessment of your aspirations, capabilities and limitations in relation to your current work or study situation as well as help planning a return to work/study or help identifying new work or volunteering options.
Emotional support services include emotional support for both the individual diagnosed with blood cancer as well as their carers. Diagnosis, treatment and survivorship of blood cancer can emit a roller coaster of emotions including fear, anger, sadness, grief and guilt. In addition to providing support themselves, Blood Cancer Support Co-ordinators can also refer to external services including psychologists, counsellors, occupational therapists, exercise physiologists and nutritionists.