Mum’s hopes high for shave donation
HAVING been put up in a unit in Brisbane by the Leukaemia Foundation while their three-year-old daughter was receiving treatment, the Robinson family members want to do something to show their gratitude.
The Lismore family was able to stay rent free for 10 months while Allie underwent her treatment at the Royal Children's Hospital.
"We couldn't have done it without them," Allie's mum Chloe said.
So the family has organised another World's Greatest Shave event in South Lismore and hopes to raise some serious money for the foundation.
Last year, they attracted about 100 people to shave their locks, about 1000 people to come and watch and they raised over $40,000.
That total put them in the top 30 World's Greatest Shave fundraisers across the country.
Not bad seeing as their target was only $2000!
But now that they've set the benchmark so high, they hope to top it and have organised jumping castles, face painting, baby farm animals and a raffle with prizes from local businesses for Saturday.
Meanwhile Allie, who is about halfway through two-and-a-half years of treatment, seems to be taking the whole thing in her stride.
On the day we went to visit, she was bounding around the house chasing her little sister Erica.
"She has a lot of sick days because she is immune suppressed, so we can't leave the house and she's having chemo tablets daily. But she's coped really well given the amount of drugs that have passed through her. She'll run around for about two hours and then sleep for two hours, so it does knock her around a bit," Chloe said.
"There's a 70% cure rate for the leukaemia she has, so we're confident we can beat it and she'll lead a normal happy life."
The Great Shave Family Fun Day will be held at Southside Truck Centre at 1 Krauss Avenue tomorrow (March 16) from 9am - 1pm.