World’s Greatest Shave: In the business of beating blood cancer
Adele Kerrison from CoreLogic in Brisbane shaved her hair in the office, alongside her brave colleagues, in support of her son who was diagnosed with leukaemia earlier this year.
As we come to the end of our first major fundraising campaign of 2016, we have been blown away by the number of businesses from all over Queensland that have shown their support for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.
Many directors, managers and employees signed up as part of competitive corporate teams – and even more helped them reach their fundraising goals by sponsoring friends, colleagues, clients, customer and suppliers.
With the support of extraordinary businesses and employees across Queensland, the Leukaemia Foundation has already raised $13 million! An amazing $1.5 million of that has been banked by supporters in the workplace.
World’s Greatest Shave is about being brave, about having fun, coming together as a team, and highlighting leaders. It’s a chance to show support for a colleague or friend who has been impacted by blood cancer, or the many people within your community that are dealing every day with the effects of a diagnosis.
This year saw many new faces join the World’s Greatest Shave family – and also lots of repeat offenders! We have been so happy to hear about and attend many events and would like to thank every single one of our business partners for taking part. Here are six of our favourites:
The Hairy Bakers
This Toowoomba-based bakery business went all out incorporating a staff BBQ and special blue World’s Greatest Shave bread rolls. They baked cakes, coloured their hair, wore wigs and, of course, shaved heads and beards. With the support of employees, suppliers and customers they raised more than $18,000!
“We wanted to make the day loads of fun for everyone with the underlying goal of raising as much dough as possible for this worthy cause. Staff embraced the event with passion and generosity and it’s was a great day.” Lindsay Weber, Director
Frasers Property Australia
Starting with a fundraising goal of $2,000, Troy and Steven from Brisbane had an inter-office competition to see who could raise the most. Together they engaged with work colleagues and suppliers, spreading the word about what they were doing. As word got out, donations started to flow in. Both men lost their hair in front of friends and work colleagues knowing they had raised an amazing $15,000. Frasers Property then chipped in an additional $5000 to bring the total to more than $20,000!
“We had so much fun; it was great to see the guys participating in such a worthy cause that bought the team together. The shave event really added something special to our end-of-month drinks. It also made staff here feel good to work for a company that gets behind its employees and supports them in making a difference.” Tasha Weiks, Project Marketing Manager
Queensland Police Service
Leading the way from the top, Police Commissioner Ian Stewart signed up to shave and inspired many others to follow. Police headquarters in Brisbane was abuzz as officers and staff boldly went bald. In other parts of the state, the ‘Hairless Hogs’ team from Ingham, also members of the Queensland Police Service super team, got into the spirit and raised over $5000. So far, the Queensland Police Service has raised more than $20,000 to help more people survive blood cancer.
“It’s been great to see the Service rally behind our own to further benefit the communities we serve. We may have lost our hair today but we gained a great deal in the knowledge that our efforts will help continue the search to find cures and support families.” Commissioner Ian Stewart
The accountancy firm from Cairns became the ‘Halpin Hairless Heros’ for World’s Greatest Shave with four team members, including owner Darren Halpin, signing up. They encouraged other local businesses to sponsor them, ran a raffle and even organised a Big Brekkie event, selling bacon and egg rolls the morning of the big shave. Staff who weren’t shaving also participated in a Funky Hair Day. By the end of the day the team had smashed their $20,000 target – and their total just keeps rising. Today it sits at an incredible $33,000!
Its head office is in Brisbane but Data #3 also has offices right across Australia, so the company used video conferencing technology to create a single cross-state event! Leading from the top, two of the thirteen Data #3 participants were its CEO, Laurence Baynham, and General Manager for NSW and ACT, Paul Crouch. They both shaved their hair off completely, with Laurence bravely auctioning off the right to shave his head.
“The Leukaemia Foundation is an extremely worthy cause, and one that I have supported for a number of years. The Data#3 family has experienced first-hand the impact of this disease and I wanted to do something to help.” Laurence Baynham, CEO
The Telstra super team aimed to bring together employees from all over Australia and with over 20 teams participating they didn’t disappoint! Staff here in the Sunshine State helped lead the way, with many employees shaving their hair and beards or participating in a crazy colour day, like Daniel Stocker (pictured). The teams also ran raffles and had a bake sale, finishing up raising an amazing total of more than $23,000!
We would also like to thank Stefan’s for the continued support of our World’s Greatest Shave events. This year they not only provided hairdressers for many of our public shaves from Mackay down to the Gold Coast, donating many raffle prizes, but Stefan himself made a $2,000 donation to one of our brave shavers.