Shave returns to its roots
By AMANDA SPROULE firstname.lastname@example.org IT ALL began in 1998, when Cathy Mooney and Loma Graydon-Willis devised a way for people to lose their hair for cancer voluntarily of course.
Now Shave for a Cure has expanded from its Lismore birthplace to become one of the largest national fundraisers for the Leukaemia Foundation.
For its 10th anniversary, the shave will be held at the Lismore Shopping Square, where it all began.
Loma Graydon-Willis said she had 'no idea' back then the event would grow into what it is today.
"It's been a hugely emotional journey, but very rewarding," Ms Graydon-Willis said.
She said the Leukaemia Foundation did a wonderful job, however, the need for funds was ongoing.
"I don't know how a lot of families would get through without help from the foundation, it's so essential and people need to support it," Ms Graydon-Willis said.
The foundation had provided the local area with a patient transport vehicle and patient support, among other things, she said.
Bruce Jones, co-ordinator of the local patient transport service, said the transportation of patients was a 'job that has to be done'.
"There have been stories of people going without treatment because they couldn't get to a hospital," he said.
"Some weeks there are 15 or 16 patients who require transport, and this equates to about 1000 driver hours per year."
Mr Jones said the service provided by the 11 drivers was a 'real team effort'.
"I couldn't do it without them," he said.
The transport service was 'pretty localised but not restricted' and covers the area between Iluka and Brisbane.