Airds to shave, colour, cut

THREE members of the Aird family will shave and colour their hair in March this year to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation. 

Mark, Ruth and Jane Aird will take part in the World’s Greatest Shave this year after their seven year old niece was diagnosed. 

Money raised from World's Greatest Shave funds blood cancer research and free support through the Leukaemia Foundation.

Ruth said she had always wanted to take part in some way and with their niece Sadie undergoing treatment it seemed like a good time.

Mark plans to shave off his hair, Jane will cut off 35 centimetres of her long hair to donate for wigs and Ruth plans to colour her hair unless the team, Shave for Sadie, reaches its $5000 goal.

So far they have raised more than $1600 and Ruth said they were mostly feeling excited. 

She said while she was a little nervous about potentially having to shave off her hair, it would be nothing compared to what Sadie was going through. 

“It would be such a small inconvenience and for a really great cause,” Ruth said. 

While they are still working on finalising the plans for their shave event on March 11, Ruth said they did have some other fundraising initiatives to help them reach their target. 

“We are having a sausage sizzle at Coles on March 4 and I am making bucket hats to raise money as well,” Ruth said. 

Leukaemia Foundation South Australia general manager Simon Matthias said there were many reasons locals should sign up to World’s Greatest Shave, including the Leukaemia Foundation Village.

Mr Matthias said residents from the Eyre Peninsula had been the third highest users of accommodation at the Leukaemia Foundation Village in Adelaide since it opened more than three years ago.

Eyre Peninsula and Whyalla residents have stayed more than 1160 nights since the village opened in 2013.

Mr Matthias said signing up or supporting a team in the World’s Greatest Shave, helped to support the Leukaemia Foundation Village.