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A close shave pays off for TAFE

Students and staff of GCIT (Gold Coast Institute of TAFE) will join in this year's World's Greatest Shave inspired by one of the Institute's teachers and her own family's dedication to support the Leukaemia Foundation.

GCIT's hairdressing students will be chopping locks and colouring hair from 11am to 1pm on Tuesday, 13 March in the forecourt of the Ashmore campus at the corner of Heeb Street and Benowa Road.

The event is being organised by GCIT teacher Alicia Hennekam whose daughter was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2007, but is now in remission.

"I know first hand what a wonderful job the Leukaemia Foundation does," Ms Hennekam said, "The support they provide to the families of sufferers is invaluable and I urge Gold Coasters to get behind the World Greatest Shave."

The Leukaemia Foundation's Regional Events Coordinator for the Gold Coast, Laura Stokes, said it was not too late to sign up to assist blood cancer patients during the World's Greatest Shave from 15-17 March.

"People can still form a team and sign up at and also check out all the tools needed for a fun and successful shave event," Ms Stokes said.

She said World's Greatest Shave aimed to raise $4 million across Queensland to support medical research and fund patient support services.

The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland is a not for profit organisation and does not receive ongoing government funding. It provides free practical support services to patients and their families including patient accommodation, counselling, education, transport and financial assistance. Over $1 million in funds each year is dedicated to medical research.

This page was last updated at 08-May-2013

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