The Leukaemia Foundation has launched the 2009 World’s Greatest Shave Mine Challenge and is once again looking to raise over $400,000.
Funds raised will provide support and services to the 17 Western Australians who will be diagnosed with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma or a related blood disorder this week.
In 2008, the winner of the Mine Challenge was Rio Tinto Iron Ore Yandicoogina together with Worksite Fitness & Rehabilitation.
The overall funds raised by this team made a significant contribution to the WA Mine Challenge total of over $370,000.
Rio Tinto Community Investment Senior Advisor Laurie Ball said it was incredible to see so many employees participate in the shave.
“Last year 14 Rio Tinto sites across Western Australia participated in the challenge, raising nearly $99,000 for the Foundation. Yandicoogina was by far the leader. They put in a fantastic effort and it was incredible to see so many members of the Yandi community passionate about helping others and getting involved.”
With sites already registering for this year’s Mine Challenge, Laurie is hopeful they can repeat their 2008 performance.
The Leukaemia Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that provides support for people with Leukaemia and other related blood disorders, while funding research into better treatments and cures.
Patients and families are assisted by providing services such as accommodation, transport, information, education, as well as financial and emotional support.
All of these services are provided free of charge by the Foundation.
For more information, or to register to participate, go to www.worldsgreatestshave.com, or call 1800 500 088.