Tall Trees Care Communities Participate in the World’s Greatest Shave

on the Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Three employees and one resident of Tall Trees Rochedale have taken part in the World's Greatest Shave to help the Leukaemia Foundation fight blood cancer.

Tall Trees Care Communities provide an alternative to the traditional nursing home or aged care facility in Brisbane or on the Gold Coast. They built their business model on the credo that “If it isn’t good enough for our mums and dads, it just isn’t good enough.” They currently house just over 250 residents and employ over 150 staff members to take care of them.

Three of those staff members and one resident at Tall Trees Rochedale participated in the Leukemia Foundation event called the “World’s Greatest Shave.” In the event, participants agree to shave their heads or colour their hair as a show of support for victims of leukaemia, myeloma, lymphoma or other blood cancers. They ask people to sponsor them with donations to the Leukaemia Society. 

The money goes towards research to find a cure for leukaemia and to help support blood cancer patients and their families. 

According to the Leukaemia Foundation, 31 Australians are diagnosed with leukaemia, myeloma or lymphoma every day. That adds up to more than 12,000 people every year. Blood cancers now represent approximately 33% of all deaths from cancer in Australia. Survival rates are becoming higher, but the Leukaemia Foundation wants to help researchers someday find a cure for blood cancers.

The World’s Greatest Shave is easy to participate in. Participants agree to shave their heads or colour their hair and solicit donations to support them.

A donation as low as $36 can help provide emotional support to a patient who has just been diagnosed with leukaemia, myeloma or lymphoma. $58 can help provide a ride to and from a chemotherapy facility for a patient who is too ill to drive. $80 can fund a hotel room for one night for the family of a patient who lives out of town and has a long drive to the facility. $120 pays for one day of a scholarship for a researcher trying to find a cure. 

Phil Usher, the co-founder of Tall Trees says, “We built Tall Trees Care Communities because we care about people. We are proud of our one resident and three employees who are participating this year. The World’s Greatest Shave is a great cause and we are glad to help support our team.”