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Knee-length dreads go in World’s Greatest Shave

17 March 2017

More than $11,000 was raised in support of the Leukaemia Foundation's World’s Greatest Shave today at the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH).

Forty people shaved, chopped or coloured their hair to raise money for blood cancer research.

PAH haematology scientist Paul Zerafa was the headline act, shaving his knee-length dreadlocks and raising more than $9,000.

Paul had been growing his dreads for 12 years and had only trimmed them once for his wedding. He decided a month ago to shave them off to support the Leukaemia Foundation.

“Coming to work every day seeing patients who are affected by leukaemia, it’s more common than what you think. It doesn’t discriminate between anyone, it affects all of us regardless of our age, race or gender,” he said.

“The support has been overwhelming. Thank you to everyone who has donated.

“I hope the money raised goes a long way towards finding better treatment options and eventually a cure for all blood cancers.”

PAH occupational therapist assistant Chloe Durie chopped her waist-length hair after growing out her locks for three years.

“I’ve wanted to cut if for charity for some time. Last year we had a scare with our three-year-old and for a while they thought it was possible he could have lymphoma,” she said.

“Luckily he was cleared and everything was fine but it just felt right to do it this year.”

Chloe raised $450 and will also be donating her hair to a children’s charity.

Maria Lamari, her mum and three sisters also attended the PAH event after their dad lost his battle with cancer last week.

Maria’s father had been treated at the PAH for more than 24 years

“Last week when dad passed away, actually the day after, the Leukaemia Foundation World’s Greatest Shave advertisement popped up on my Facebook feed. So I registered then and there,” Maria said.

“Dr Devinder Gill [Director of Clinical Haematology] treated dad for 18 years. He’s part of our family, always looking out for dad and putting him on trials anything that was available and suitable for dad.

“If it wasn’t for [Dr Gill] and the PA Hospital, we would have lost dad a long time ago. If it wasn’t for all the research he wouldn’t have had such an extended life.”

Maria and her three sisters coloured their hair at PAH, and plan to do it every year. In a week the family raised more than $900.

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Last updated 17 March 2017
Last reviewed 17 March 2017

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