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Next Friday, two brave QEII Hospital staffers will be shaving off their luscious locks to raise funds for blood cancer research.
The Food Services colleagues, Claudia-Fleur and Eileen, were both motivated to sign up for the World’s Greatest Shave by a personal connection to leukaemia.
“A couple of years ago I lost a close friend to cancer. She was only 21,” said 23-year-old Food Services Assistant Claudia-Fleur Blick.
“My hair has always been below my shoulders, so this will be a big change, but it’s totally worth it to raise awareness and money for people battling blood cancer.”
Food Services Team Leader Eileen Bachiller is a veteran of the shaving game, having already participated in two World’s Greatest Shaves in 2011 and 2014.
“This will be my third time shaving my head,” she said.
“I do it for my son-in-law’s father who had a long hard battle with blood cancer, but thankfully got through it thanks to a bone marrow transplant from his brother.”
Claudia-Fleur and Eileen said working in a hospital also influenced their decisions to shave.
“We don’t have cancer services at QEII, but we still see patients in Palliative Care who are fighting cancer, and we see visitors who have it too,” Ms Bachiller said.
“Cancer really does affect everyone at some stage in their life, whether it’s a friend, their family or their own battle,” Ms Blick said.
Together, they hope to raise $1,000.
According to the Leukaemia Foundation, every day 35 Australians are diagnosed with a blood cancer, that’s one Aussie every 41 minutes.
Although research is improving survival, sadly an Australian loses their life to blood cancer every two hours.
Claudia-Fleur and Eileen will be shaving their heads in the hospital’s Staff Dining Room at 2pm on Friday 15 March. Staff and community members can donate on the day or visit their QEII Funky Foodies Leukaemia Foundation page.