Thomas George MP, Nationals Member for Lismore is encouraging the community to step up and support the participants who will shave, wax or colour their hair (and more than a few beards) for this year’s World’s Greatest Shave charity fundraising events.

The 2017 World’s Greatest Shave will be held from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 March.

“Our own community members, including Tenterfield’s Josie McIntyre, will soon be participating, by donating their hair for this very worthwhile cause,” Mr George said.

“Their generous support will add to the more than $200 million raised across the country since the World’s Greatest Shave began almost twenty years ago, in Lismore.”

Held every year since 1998, the event raises funds for the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia, which uses the donations for research into leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.

“Funds are also used to assist families affected by these cancers with accommodation and transport during treatment. It’s such a good reason to dig deep and support people living with these serious illnesses and their families,” Mr George said.

In NSW, the Leukaemia Foundation provides accommodation in Newcastle, Waverton and Westmead, to meet the needs of some of the patients undergoing blood cancer treatment. While in the accommodation, patients receive support, advice and information, as well as transport to and from treatment centres.

The NSW Government also assists eligible patients through its Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme, or IPTAAS, which provides subsidies towards the costs of their accommodation and travel.

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Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.