While the intensity of studying medicine may cause some students to tear their hair out, these six Flinders Medical School friends will be taking time out from the textbooks when they lose their long locks on March 16 as part of the 2017 World’s Greatest Shave.
The Flinders Medical Students’ Society (FMSS) has participated annually in the Leukaemia Foundation’s event for many years. This year, the team of seven medical students, including Alexis Gillham, Alex Newton, James Cohen, Julie Huynh, Jacob Ross, Jonathon Weston, and Jude Bottos, is just shy of their $5500 fundraising goal as they count down their final days with hair.
The FMSS committee and the participating students are inviting all university and hospital staff, students and community members to join them for the shave, in the medical school level 5 BBQ area on Thursday the 16th of March 1-2pm, as they attempt to surpass last year’s total of $6500.
Many of the students shaving are also donating their long locks to the Little Princess Trust, to make real hair wigs for children suffering from hair loss from cancer treatment.
The Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave not only helps help fund vital research so more people survive blood cancers like lymphoma, leukaemia and myeloma but the money also assists Aussie families facing blood cancer to receive the emotional and practical support they need.
Blood cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death in Australia, claiming more lives than breast cancer or melanoma, and every day another 35 people will be diagnosed.
Money can be donated online (before and after the event) by searching for Flinders Medical Students Society on The World’s Greatest Shave website, or by attending the event between 1 and 2pm on Thursday March 16.