The 2016 World’s Greatest Shave will be held from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 March.

Many of our own community members will soon be participating in the event, by shaving, colouring or waxing their hair to raise much-needed funds for individuals and families impacted by cancer.  Their generous support has added to the more than $172 million raised across the country since the World’s Greatest Shave began.

Held annually since 1998, funds raised are used by the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia for research into leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.

Funds are also used to assist families affected by these cancers with accommodation and transport during treatment. It’s important for us to dig deep and support those going through these serious illnesses.

In NSW, the Leukaemia Foundation provides accommodation in Newcastle, Waverton and Westmead, which is designed to meet the needs of certain patients undergoing blood cancer treatment. While staying in the accommodation, patients receive support, advice and information and are provided with transport to and from treatment centres.

The NSW Government also assists eligible patients through its Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS), which provides subsidies towards the costs of their accommodation and travel.

For more information on the World’s Greatest Shave, visit: www.worldsgreatestshave.com

For more information on IPTAAS, visit: http://www.enable.health.nsw.gov.au/home/iptaas