Every day, 35 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancer such as leukaemia, lymphoma, or myeloma, and they turn to the Leukaemia Foundation for help. The World’s Greatest Shave event is the foundations biggest fundraiser and this year Club Marconi contributed well over $18,000 in a mighty effort on Saturday March 18.
Club Marconi pledged $50 for every person who shaved or coloured their hair at the event and 70 brave people, including members, their families and Club Marconi management and staff, stepped up to the challenge.
The day had a carnival atmosphere with a sea of blue and orange balloons (the logo colours for “World’s Greatest Shave”) in the Main Lounge. There was even free entertainment for the kids with face painting, balloon twisting and DJ’ing by Kozi & Pinky.
All the shaves and colours were donated by Marco and the team from Bacini Hair and took place on the main stage. Each brave shaver, donated $10 to have their hair shaved or $5 to have it coloured.
Some of the shavers were also independently sponsored by friends, family and workmates, like 18-year-old Georgina who was inspired to help the community, raising nearly $3,000 by herself. She in turn inspired her brother Ines on the day, who joined her in the shave.
There was also long time member Giovanni Patrizi, whose wife got a new husband, when he shaved his off his beard for the first time in 50 years, and others like 8-year-old Isabella who raised over $2,000 in memory of her uncle who passed away last year, or the three ladies from the one family who all shaved together.
Some of the cuts and shaves were truly dramatic, like Club Marconi team member Michelle Lam who’s long, hair reached past her knees. She cut it off to honour her late father who died from leukaemia two years ago. Joining Michelle, was fellow staff member Giuseppe Saffioti who coloured his mane of hair and beard before cutting and shaving off both. Michelle & Giuseppe teamed up to raise over $6,500 together, which was matched by Club Marconi bringing their total to over $13,000.
Even Club President Vince Foti & Chief Operating Officer Tony Zappia stepped up for the chop to help in the fundraising.
Sarah Hozack, the Campaign Manager for the Leukaemia Foundation said that the support from Club Marconi was incredible and that the commitment and dedication of the club and its community was truly inspiring.
She went on to explain that blood cancer can develop in anyone, of any age, at any time and claims the lives of more Australians than breast cancer and melanoma. The World’s Greatest Shave lets the Leukaemia Foundation give families the support they need and funds vital research to help more people survive.
The money raised at Club Marconi will go towards research, which is needed to discover kinder and more effective treatments for blood cancer. It will also support families when they need it most, providing those diagnosed with a free home-away-from-home near hospital during their treatment, transport to appointments, practical assistance and emotional support.