USC students and staff to help shave the world from blood cancer

Students and staff from University Senior College, will banish their everyday hairdos and embrace a bald or colourful new look as they join forces to help beat blood cancer.

The school will be raising funds for the annual World’s Greatest Shave, joining 20,000 Australians taking part in the much-loved campaign to help beat blood cancers like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. More than 100,000 Australians are currently living with blood cancers and another 35 Australians are diagnosed every day. Sadly, an Australian will lose their life to the disease every 41 minutes.

Schools and students all over the country are supporting the cause in 2019, and while many are choosing to shave all their hair, others will cut, colour or wax instead or sponsor their teachers and classmates. In total, 11 students and staff will participate and support the campaign at an event to be held at University Senior College, Johnson Lawns, the University of Adelaide on Wednesday 27 March at lunchtime.

Leukaemia Foundation CEO Bill Petch said support from schools and their students was integral to helping fund a future where blood cancer is no longer a death sentence in Australia. “These students are extraordinary young Australians who are helping others less fortunate than themselves, while often making the sacrifice to lose their beloved locks. It shows enormous bravery, resilience and empathy to shave their heads in support of someone living with a blood cancer.” Mr Petch said. “Schools are enormous supporters of World’s Greatest Shave in Australia and we thank all of the teachers, parents and students who support the campaign every year.”

Funds raised through World’s Greatest Shave is critical to help the Leukaemia Foundation continue to support all local families affected by blood cancer through advocating for equal access to new therapies and treatments as well as providing educational, emotional and practical support such as transport and accommodation, all at no cost. Acer and Nvoke are proud to support the Schools Challenge in 2019. Australia’s highest 3 fundraising schools will share in more than $70,000 worth of technology and school learning program awards.

To support the University Senior College team USC’s Dyeable Shaveables, you can donate online here>

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