LIBERAL Member for Clark Sue Hickey has shaved off her locks for a good cause – raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave 2020.
In mid-March, Ms Hickey shaved her hair on Facebook Live to raise awareness and reach her initial fundraising target of $5000 to provide support to Australians diagnosed with blood cancer.
Ms Hickey raised more than $6,200 by herself, with ‘Team Hickey’ raising more than $9,400.
Ms Hickey said she wanted to draw attention to the issue, as it affected many people within the community.
“Forty people a day are diagnosed with a blood-born cancer and 20 people a day will die from it,” she said.
“I have been stunned by the people who have come up to me and said they have a diagnosis and are living with this.
“I’m very fortunate to not have cancer – my hair will grow back, and I can now get up in the morning and know that I’ve drawn attention to the issue and have been able to raise some money for research in Australia.”
The Leukaemia Foundation is Australia’s only national charity dedicated to help cure and conquer blood cancer.
The World’s Greatest Shave aims to raise $16.5 million to provide vital support for the 41 Australians diagnosed with blood cancer every day.
Blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma are among the most frequently diagnosed and deadly cancers in Australia.
“Money raised through the World’s Greatest Shave is critical to ensure that Australians diagnosed with this deadly disease can gain the access they need to the best treatment, supportive care and trusted relevant information, regardless of where they live in Australia,” Leukaemia Foundation chief executive officer Bill Petch said.
For more information or to register for the World’s Greatest Shave, visit www.worldsgreatestshave.com.au or phone 1800 500 088.
Caption: Liberal Member for Clark Sue Hickey before and after shaving her head for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.