David Irwin loses his locks in quest to beat blood cancer


LOCAL lawn bowler, David Irwin, recently took part in the World’s Greatest Shave at the Innisfail Bowls Club to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.  

He lost his locks, beard, and eyebrows raising over $1,700 through donations and a raffle of 23 prizes.  This is the third time Irwin has participated in the Shave with his first in 2016, which raised $1,630.  In 2019, he raised $2,700.

Irwin said the cause was especially close to his heart as he lost his father to the disease in 2006, and he wanted to lend his support by raising money to help find a cure. 

He hoped the community would get behind this worthy cause, but also recommended people be aware of all cancers, especially on their skin, and visit their GP if they noticed anything unusual.

The Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave started in 1998 and, now in its 23rd year, remains one of Australia’s biggest fundraising events.  People of all ages shave, colour, or wax, cut ponytails, banish beards, and trim top knots.

Participants are supported by proud family members, friends, colleagues, and classmates.  Some have a personal connection to blood cancer, whilst others simply take part to have fun and raise money for a good cause.

Blood cancer is the third most common cause of cancer deaths in Australia, claiming more lives than breast cancer or melanoma.  Every day, another 47 people will be diagnosed.

All monies raised go towards funding vital research that will help more people survive blood cancers such as lymphoma, leukaemia, and myeloma, while improving their quality of life.

It will also help families facing blood cancer to access emotional and practical support.

Hairdresser, Alanah Huirama, from Classic Cutz Hair and Beauty completed the shave, which was witnessed by over 50 people who enjoyed a night of fun and frivolity. 

David expressed his gratitude to the members of the community and local businesses for their generous donations and raffle prizes, Classic Cutz Hair and Beauty, and the Innisfail Bowls Club for the use of the venue. 

Donations can be made until the end of June, with tins located at the Innisfail RSL, Perry’s Cakes, Innisfail Hardware, and the Innisfail Bowls Club. 

They can also be given online via www.worldsgreatestshave.com website. Please click on the Donate tab and search for David Irwin.

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