On Wednesday 27 March, 14 students and staff from University Senior College participated in the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave. Over $10,000 was raised, making this fundraiser the largest the school has ever participated in.
Thank you to the community for your generous donations. Well done to Nadia, Eleanor, Alex, Tom, Reuben and Jonah for shaving their heads, Helen for shaving half of her head, Bella for doing the big chop, and Corey, Carmen, Laura, Michelle and Ellie for colouring their hair. We would also like to thank Emma Cottee and Verve Hairdressers Rose and John donated their time and services to assist with the USC Shave Day
A double significance for USC choosing 27 March for their ‘Shave Day’ as it marks the anniversary of Michael Doukas (class of 2008), who passed away in 2011 from Leukaemia.
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.
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.
Donations are still being accepted via the USC team fundraising page: http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/uscsdyeableshaveables