Department of Immigration & Citizenship Employees Go the Full Monty for the ‘World’s Greatest Shave’
Canberra, Australia (News4us.com) March 11, 2011
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) employees stepped up to the plate in true blue Aussie tradition as they did their part to participate in and raise money for the yearly fundraiser the ‘World’s Greatest Shave’.
More than 10 of the bravest staff had their heads completely shaved, while hundreds of others had their hair coloured. Together, they successfully raised more than $12,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Since 2009 the caring and dedicated staff members at DIAC have raised in excess of $110,000 for charitable events.
“Supporting the World’s Greatest Shave has certainly become a departmental tradition,” a DIAC spokesman said.
“This year, about 10,000 people in Australia are expected to be diagnosed with a blood cancer or related blood disorder and 40,000 are estimated to live with one now.
“Getting behind the World’s Greatest Shave is the least we can do.”
Canberra-based DIAC employee Simon Leonard was the highest individual fundraiser and had his locks removed for more than $3500, obliterating his $2000 target.
Several members of the senior executive team will also go bald for the cause, including deputy secretary Jackie Wilson and first assistant secretary Marie Johnson.
“Losing my hair will be a small inconvenience compared with what cancer sufferers go through every day,” Ms Wilson said.
“Just as well I have already got a stash of beanies ready to wear on chilly Canberra mornings.”
The DIAC staff participating in the shave will join more than 125 000 people around the country who pledged to shave or colour their hair to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Photographs of the event can be downloaded from Flickr later today. See: www.flickr.com/photos/diacimages/
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