HEADS UP FOR A CLOSE SHAVE - OR YOU CAN DYE IT
News Source: Sunshine Coast Daily, page 8, Friday 11th March, 2005
The Irwin family has been dying to show their true colours for leukaemia, so last week they transformed their hair to red and blue.
Even 15-month-old baby Bob joined in the fun.
He allowed his cute, growing golden locks to be turned into a mop of blue as part of the Leukaemia Foundation’s, World’s Greatest Shave 2005, held this weekend.
Steve and the family have encouraged more Australians to sign up and shave or colour their hard as part of the event.
“Blood and bone-marrow cancers are one of the more curable forms or cancer and anything we can do as a human race to help combat this devastating disease is worth while,” he said.
“Let’s all get behind the Leukaemia Foundation and support the World’s Greatest Shave.”
While Steve and wife Terri were keen to return to their normal colours as soon as possible, they had a hard time convincing Bob and daughter Bindi.
“The kids had a great time and wanted to keep their hair colour as it was,” said Leukaemia Foundation spokeswoman Susie Howard.
The foundation is hoping to raise a record $3 million in Queensland along through the mammoth fundraising event.
It was also set its sights on another record – the world record for the most heads shaved over a 24-hour period.
“It starts today (Friday) from noon and goes till noon tomorrow,” Ms Howard said.
The foundation is hoping more than 60,000 Australians will join in the event, which is in its seventh year.
A number of other celebrities are changing their locks for a good cause.
Caloundra councilor Don Smith was prepared to go all the way and have his hair shaved off, along with several doctors from the Nambour Hospital.
Even Brisbane’s mayoress, Lisa Newman, was in for the close shave.
And staff at Underwater World have put their heads up for a cut or colour.
“Evan Fuller will have his hair shaved and Julie Beattie and Richard Coward will dye their hair hot pink for the worthy cause,” said Julie Walker, of Underwater World.
Mr Fuller may even be the first Australian to participate in this year’s record-breaking attempt as he goes under the scissors at noon today.
The Leukaemia Foundation is the only national non-for-profit organisation dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with blood and bone-marrow cancers.
Funds raised will ensure that the foundation continues to improve patients’ and families’ quality of life through personalised and practical care.