Friends, family and many of Currajong Disability Service’s clients and support workers met up at the Parkes Hotel on Friday night to cheer on Trilbie Bermingham as she shaved her head for an important cause.
The Currajong Disability support worker decided to raise funds for Leukemia and lose her locks as part of the World’s Greatest Shave after her dad lost his best friend, Henry Baigent, to leukemia a couple of years ago.
“I also want to raise awareness that children with Down Syndrome have a higher risk of leukemia,” she said.
The Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave began back in 1998.
Twenty years on it remains one of Australia’s biggest fundraising events.
“People of all ages shave, colour or wax, cut ponytails, banish beards and trim top knots,” said Trilbie.
“I decided to go the whole way and shave mine.”
The goal set by Triblie for fund raising through World’s Greatest Shave was $700.
At the beginning of the month, she had $570 in the kitty.
By the time of the Shave, she had raised over $1760, with more donations coming in on the night, as well as the proceed of the raffle which consised of a number of donated prizes.
Trilbie’s long dark hair was initially trimmed then shaved in front of a crowd of more than 30 people by Shonell Redfern.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their love and support throughout my fundraising efforts,” she said.
Although research is improving survival, sadly an Australian loses their life to blood cancer every two hours, claiming more lives than breast cancer and melanoma.
One person is diagnosed every 41 minutes.
For more information on how to donate or get involved go to www.worldsgreatestshave.com