Police Headquarters was abuzz today as officers and staff boldly went bald as part of Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.
Commissioner Ian Stewart, Detective Senior Constable John Shilton, Administration Officer Christine Bates and Watch House Officer Jackson Curtis shaved their heads and were joined by family and friends who also volunteered to lose or colour their locks.
So far, over $20,000 has been raised for the Leukaemia Foundation by the Queensland Police team.
Commissioner Stewart thanked everyone for their support and generosity in the lead up to today.
“It has been great to see the Service rally behind our own to further benefit the communities we serve,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“We may have lost our hair today, but we gained a great deal in the knowledge that our efforts will help continue the search to find cures and to support families.”
Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland CEO Mr. Bill Petch said he is extremely grateful for all the fundraising efforts of the Queensland Police team and everyone else involved.
“Every single day another 34 Australians are told they have a blood cancer, and sadly the number of Queenslanders dying from blood cancers has reached its highest point since 2005. The fact that 837 Queenslanders lost their lives to blood cancer in a single year shows us there is still much work to be done finding better treatments for patients and improving their quality of life,” Mr. Petch said.
“Shaving or colouring your hair, just like the Commissioner and the other police officers and staff did today, is a small sacrifice, but the money raised can make a big difference to the lives of thousands and help to change those statistics.
“It’s really inspiring to see the Queensland Police Service coming together, not just in Brisbane but from stations across Queensland to help families impacted by a blood cancer diagnosis.”
A big thank you to Melanie Jefcoate, Lauren King and Liz Campbell from Stefan Hair Fashion and Andria Tekstra and Ned Kenneally from the Gold Coast School of Hairdressing, for shaving, cutting and colouring our brave voluneteers’ hair.