STAWELL - In November the Stawell community got behind Kieran Ryan in his amazing 100 kilometre run for Movember.
Now we have a new cause for everybody to get behind, but instead of a quest to grow a mo, we have a shave that all will want to see.
Stawell man, Kieren McIntosh, will be taking part this year in the Leukaemia Foundation's Worlds Greatest Shave For a Cure.
To assist in raising the funds, Kieren is set to host a trivia night at the Stawell Secondary College Hall on Saturday March 16.
Tickets will be $10 and all funds will go directly to the cause.
A raffle will also be drawn on the night, with prizes donated by local businesses.
Kieren will also be getting shaved on the night, and if funds get high enough there will even be some waxing.
Donations can be made at http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/HairyMac.
There will also be monetary donations accepted on the night.
To make a booking for yourself or to book a table, please call Kieren on 0407 635 215, his wife Paige on 0410 733 321 or the family home number on 5358 2398. Bookings are not essential, but are preferred.
Kieren has been growing his hair and large beard for 12 months now, and there are a lot of people very happy to see it go.
"This is something that I have thought about for some time now.
Many don't like the beard and have wanted to see it go, so I decided why not get rid of the lot and do it while raising money for a fantastic cause," Kieren said.
"As you get older you know more and more people who are suffering from the effects of these and many other disorders so to be able to do my part and have some fun along the way, makes any pain I have to go through all worth it."
The World's Greatest Shave raises about half the money the Leukaemia Foundation needs to fund its important work - providing practical and emotional support to people with blood cancer, as well as investing millions in research.
In the last 14 years over a million people have shaved or coloured their hair, raising more than $138 million.
Today 31 Australians will be given the devastating news that they have leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood disorder.
That's more than 11,500 people this year. Although survival rates are improving, blood cancers like these are the second biggest cause of cancer death in Australia.
The Leukaemia Foundation receives no ongoing government funding, so supporting this event makes the Vision to Cure and Mission to Care possible.
The money raised will go towards research, which is needed to find better treatments and cures for leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders.
Donations will also support families when they need it most, providing leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma patients with a free home-away-from-home near hospital during their treatment.