Friends and family who have seen me in the past few weeks have all commented that I am in need of a haircut.  Always a good lead in for me to whip out the Leukaemia Foundation World’s Greatest Shave Official Receipt Book and collect a donation!

Yes folks, its that time of the year again.

March 10 – 12 will see over 100,000 Australians of all ages participate by either colouring or shaving their hair in support of the Leukaemia Foundation.

michael-lewis-shaved-2011-contentThis is my 10th year participating in the Shave. Over the past 9 years I have raised, through generous friends, family and business associates, over $120,000.

To mark my 10th Shave, I approached the Leukaemia Foundation with the idea of doing something special – and we came up with the idea of funding an additional Courtesy Patient Transport Vehicle for a year.

What is the Courtesy Patient Transport Program?

The Leukaemia Foundation Courtesy Patient Transport Program delivers patients to and from their treatment centre. This program is a vital service for many patients. During treatment, a patient’s immune system is severely weakened, so using public transport can be dangerous, due to possible infections. The Foundation’s Transport Program enables patients to protect their weakened immune system by travelling in a clean private vehicle, driven by a friendly volunteer driver, also saving them thousands of dollars over the course of their treatment.

Each year, this free transport service enables more than 4,500 patients and families to be transported to and from treatment safely.  In the past five years, the patient transport program cars have travelled over two million kilometres – equal to fifty laps around the globe.

The cost of running an additional vehicle for one year is $15,000.

So that’s the challenge I have ahead of me.

And you – if you wish to participate in any way.

So far this year I have raised just over $6,000.

Tax deductible donations can for my World’s Greatest Shave can be made here.

Late breaking news: I will be getting my head shaved earlier than planned on the Channel 10 news  and weather this coming Monday 7 March!

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