Shaving target in sight
ORGANISERS of the World's Greatest Shave are confident of hitting their fundraising target after hundreds of people turned out for the event at the weekend.
Sue-Ellen Pitt, the Wide Bay, Burnett and Central Highlands regional events co-ordinator for the Leukaemia Foundation, said about 130 people had registered for the event before the weekend.
But a lot more people turned up to be shaved or colour their hair for the event.
"We would have easily had hundreds more who decided to shave or colour their hair on the day," Ms Pitt said.
"It was very encouraging."
Ms Pitt said one thing she had noticed this year was the increase in the number of women who were taking part.
"We've had a lot of women shaving this year and taking all their hair off," she said.
Ms Pitt said the target for her region was $350,000, and she was fairly confident they would get that.
"What happens now is people go back to their sponsors and get the promised donations from them," she said.
Ms Pitt said she expected most of the money would be in the bank by the end of March.
She said the World's Greatest Shave had become an annual event, and was the Leukaemia Foundation's biggest fundraiser.
Last year it generated $3.7 million across the state, with this year's Queensland target set at $4 million.
The national target is $15 million.
Ms Pitt said the funds raised helped the foundation provide accommodation and support services for people who had to go to Brisbane or Townsville for treatment.
The funds raised in the region last year helped the foundation provide more than 2100 nights of free accommodation to patients and their families.
The foundation has four accommodation complexes close to major treatment centres, three in Brisbane and one in Townsville.
Ms Pitt said an estimated five Queenslanders were diagnosed every day with leukemias, lymphomas, myeloma or a related blood disorder.
Across Australia an average of one person was diagnosed every hour.
Another shave will be held today at Coral Coast Pharmacies at Bundaberg Plaza from 11am.