Thanks, read­ers, for a hair-raz­ing ef­fort

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

ON be­half of the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion, I would like to say a big thank you to read­ers for their in­cred­i­ble sup­port of World’s Great­est Shave this year.

The ex­tra­or­di­nary peo­ple who shaved or coloured and their gen­er­ous spon­sors have now raised an in­cred­i­ble $3.3 mil­lion in Queens­land alone, help­ing to fund projects that will make a gen­uine dif­fer­ence to lo­cal fam­i­lies fac­ing blood can­cer.

The money will now be used to pro­vide safe and com­fort­able ac­com­mo­da­tion in the city for fam­i­lies liv­ing in re­gional Queens­land so they can more eas­ily ac­cess life-sav­ing treat­ment.

It also means we can of­fer free trans­port, coun­selling, in­for­ma­tion and prac­ti­cal sup­port to the 60,000 Aus­tralians liv­ing with a blood can­cer.

Mean­while, re­searchers funded by our sup­port­ers are work­ing tire­lessly to dis­cover safer and more ef­fec­tive treat­ments.

Al­though their crit­i­cal re­search is im­prov­ing sur­vival rates, sadly an Aus­tralian still loses their life to blood can­cer ev­ery two hours.

But thanks to those tak­ing part in World’s Great­est Shave, the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion will be able to help more Aus­tralians with leukaemia, lym­phoma, myeloma and re­lated dis­or­ders sur­vive and live a bet­ter qual­ity of life. — Bill Petch CEO

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