This year, extraordinary Australians from all states and territories will take a stand against blood cancer by rallying together to lose their locks, colour their cuts, or wax their waves in one of Australia's most-loved charity events, the Leukaemia Foundation’s World's Greatest Shave. The campaign 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.

This year Haynes will be holding Shave for a Cure events across Australia, with an event in Mackay on September 24th at the Shamrock Hotel from 5.30pm.

Kylie Shepherd, Haynes Business Development Manager will be taking the plunge and shaving on the day for the cause. Kylie says when asked why she is taking the plunge, “It’s very rare for you to meet someone in your life that hasn’t been affected by cancer in some way. It’s a disease that hurts and impacts all of us in some way. I personally lost my mum 10 years ago from breast cancer. If by shaving my head gets even 1 more person onboard and supportive of this charity than I am happy with that.”

Over 50 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancer every day. The Leukaemia Foundation’s latest Blood Cancer in Australia report1 confirms that in just 15 years, by 2035, this number will be doubled to 100 people every day. Kylie is looking for support both online via the website or attending the Haynes Mackay event in September. “Support can be done in various ways – there is the donation portal online which provides a tax receipt immediately. Monetary donations made online are tax deductible. If a business is wanting to donate goods or services that can be raffled off leading up to the event or on the night that would be amazing also.”

Many local businesses have come together to support the event, “Haynes, Impact Fertilisers and Hastings Deering have been great supporters along with the Shamrock Hotel for donating their space for our shave for a cure event”.

Kylie and Haynes are looking to raise $7500 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

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