Dare to save lives with a bold new hairstyle: Shave, cut, colour or go wild to raise vital funds for world-class Australian cancer research 

With September 24 marking World Cancer Research Day, Aussies can play a role in supporting life-saving cancer research by taking part in Australian Cancer Research Foundation’s Hair Dare challenge. 

Since 1984, Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) has awarded 82 grants totalling more than $174 million to 43 research institutions – giving scientists the tools to make ground-breaking discoveries into the prevention, detection and treatment of ALL types of cancer. 

To make this possible, ACRF relies on generous donors and fundraisers to get behind campaigns like Hair Dare, which involves participants shaving, cutting, colouring or going wild with their locks. 

It’s as simple as registering at fundraise.acrf.com.au/hairdare – individually or as a group – then customising a fundraising page, encouraging others to donate and setting a date for your Dare. 

With an average of 444 Australians diagnosed with cancer every day, and two in five being diagnosed before the age of 85, the importance of world-class research cannot be overstated. 

“World Cancer Research Day is a chance to reflect on how far we’ve progressed in the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer but also a reminder of the vital research still needed to tackle such a complex disease,” ACRF CEO Kerry Strydom said. 

“Initiatives like Hair Dare allow ACRF to continue backing the most brilliant and brightest minds as we strive to reach our vision of a world without cancer. Whether it’s a full shave, a crazy cut or a splash of colour in your hair, you’ll be supporting Australia’s best cancer research by taking on a Hair Dare. 

“Devastatingly, almost everyone has been or will be touched by cancer in some way. Hair Dare participants can help ensure their loved ones don’t miss out on vital research by raising crucial funds. 

“There’s nothing like a dare to give you the courage to achieve something great. Hair grows back relatively quickly, but the impact of cutting-edge cancer research will last forever. 

“We’ve already seen some wild and wacky Hair Dares – including participants shaving their hair after years of growth – as heartfelt tributes to family and friends affected by cancer. 

“Every dollar donated adds up to millions of dollars’ worth of impact in cancer research.” 

The ACRF team will provide participants with fundraising support, tips and motivation along the way! 

To sign up to take part in ACRF’s Hair Dare, visit fundraise.acrf.com.au/hairdare