Student loses locks to support cancer research

Rebecca Macneall is hoping to raise more than $5000 for the
Leukaemia Foundation as part of the World’s Greatest Shave.

17 February 2014

Second year Business student at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus, Rebecca Macneall, will lose her hair in front of her classmates in the quest to raise $5,000 for cancer research on Friday 14 March 2014.

Participating in the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave, Rebecca said it was a great way of raising awareness about plight of cancer sufferers around the world.

“My friend’s wife passed away last year after a long cancer battle and most people know someone who has been or is currently affected by this terrible disease,” Rebecca said.

“I’m extremely grateful that I have a beautiful, healthy daughter, which has compelled me to help those families who have a son or daughter; brother or sister; or a mother or father currently undergoing cancer treatment.”

So far, Rebecca has raised close to $2500 for the Leukaemia Foundation. In addition, she hopes to donate her loved locks to Pantene Beautiful Lengths – an initiative which provides real-hair wigs to women who have lost their own through cancer treatment.

Rebecca said she hoped her efforts would encourage other community members to participate on the day.

“I believe that taking part in this initiative is a great way of letting children and other cancer battlers know that there are many people in the community who are supporting them on their difficult journey,” Rebecca said.

“Many people have called me ‘brave’ because I’m shaving my head. However, what I’m doing is nothing compared to the day-to-day challenges those battling cancer have to face – especially the families and friends of children tragically struck-down with this disease.

“I hope this small endeavour can help the Leukaemia Foundation and its endeavours to reduce the onset of this disease.”

The shave will take place in the University’s Malloy Courtyard on Friday 14 March 2014 at 12.30pm. Notre Dame students, staff and members of the Fremantle community are welcome to attend.

Donations can be made to Rebecca on the day or online at

Since its inception 15 years ago, the World’s Greatest Shave has raised more than $158 million for the Leukaemia Foundation and its research to find better treatments and cures for leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and other related blood disorders.

Leigh Dawson: Tel (08) 9433 0569; Mob 0405 441 093;