Brave head shaves raise funds and honour loved ones.

charity challengeOver the past few months we’ve had some very brave supporters choose to lose their long locks in support and honour of loved ones.

Last year, Cristelle should have been happily celebrating her 26th birthday. Instead her family were rocked by the news that Cristelle’s mother had been diagnosed with breast and lung cancer.

Motivated by her mother’s strength and determination during her surgery and treatments, Cristelle grew her beautiful long hair even longer in order to cut it for charity in December.

Cristelle said, “I have been inspired to grow my hair to make a wig for someone who has lost their hair, just like my Mum did. She is such a strong woman, a fighter.”

On top of cutting and donating her hair, Cristelle also chose to fundraise for cancer research smashing her $2,500 target and raising a most generous $6,914!

Another recent head shave took place just after one of WA’s most famous swim events: the Rottnest Channel Swim.

Cabe Paparone and his three mates took on the challenging swim and, although they were met with some pretty rough conditions, managed to finish in seven hours and 41 minutes. What a fantastic effort!

Cabe’s (very excited) friends and family then took to the clippers to shave off that mane he had been growing for 3 years, in honour and memory of his father who sadly passed away in September.

Through a giant fundraising effort, which saw him organise fundraising events in the lead up to his swim, Cabe raised over $7,500 for cancer research! What a legend!

We’d like to thank Cristelle and Cabe for such an amazing effort. We are inspired and humbled by their dedication and generosity

If you are interested in fundraising for cancer research through shaving, cutting or colouring your hair please click here for more information.

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Ruby cuts it for cancer research!

Ruby's cancer fundraising challenge!

She’s only 11 years old, and already Ruby Tilley is making headlines.

This incredible young lady pledged to shave her head amongst the cheers and support of thousands at the Roosters vs Broncos NRL match last Sunday, all in the name of charity.

Ruby has raised more than $13,000 for cancer research – and we at the Australian Cancer Research Foundation are so very grateful for such a fantastic fundraising effort.

Please click here to donate via Ruby’s fundraising page.

Cancer fundraising event head-shaveRuby was motivated to go above and beyond for the ACRF in this way having recently lost her grandfather to cancer. She has said she doesn’t want anyone else to go through the pain and suffering that her family did when her grandfather passed away.

The ACRF is committed to fighting cancer through research. Every donation dollar that we receive (100%)  goes to world-class research with the power to beat this terrible disease.

We thank Ruby very much for her brave actions last Sunday (in the pouring rain, we might add), and thank her again for choosing the ACRF to be part of this very special day.

Download an article about Ruby in the Wentworth Courier here.


Colour & Shave for a good cause

A bright idea, generous donations, and a confident ACRF supporter made for a wonderfully successful recent fundraiser.

Tania Kriticos chose to fundraise for cancer research through her unique head shave because of her personal connection with cancer. “Having a number of family & friends who have succumbed and are currently battling with various forms of cancer, I wanted to pick an organisation that wasn’t cancer-specific”.

As an extra motivating factor to get her friends and family to donate, Tania included a hair colour auction as part of the process. When a donation was made a vote could be placed for which weird and wonderful hairstyle Tania would sport in the 2 weeks prior to her head shave – choices included bright blue, hot pink, zebra stripes and rainbow. In the end, blue won the day and along with the help of Miranda from Kurtz Hair by Design in Hawker, Tania was transformed! Much to Tania’s surprise, she received many amazing positive comments from strangers about her unique hairstyle! Continue reading “Colour & Shave for a good cause”