‘Brave the Shave’ challenge launched

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The nation has changed in lockdown, but the impact of hearing the words ‘‘you have cancer’’ has not.

So, to help support its work with vulnerable cancer patients, the New Zealand Cancer Society has launched an online challenge, entitled ‘‘Brave the Shave’’.

The cancellation of the Cancer Society’s Dunedin Relay For Life event as been disappointing for the community, so participating in ‘‘Brave the Shave’’ is a great way to fundraise during lock down and raise money to help support people with cancer.

The Cancer Society does not receive any direct government funding and relies on the generosity of the community.

Cancer affects not only the person who has been diagnosed with cancer, it has a major impact on that person’s family and ripples out across communities.

At a turbulent time, when decisions often need to be made quickly, Cancer Society staff work to ensure Supportive Care services are available.

There has been a significant increase over the past five years in the number of people and their families needing support from the Cancer Society.

The Cancer Society’s  Supportive Care team often work with clients for extended periods to assist them to learn strategies to live well beyond cancer treatments.

As demand for support services increases, it is crucial that they are available throughout the region, and to do this the Cancer Society needs to raise $2.7 million this year.

Local people brave enough to shave their hair, or faces, to raise funds for the Cancer Society are invited to go to https://bravetheshave.cancernz.org.nz and scroll down to Otago & Southland to set up their own fundraising page.

All funds raised here remain in the region.