A very close shave for leukaemia

Bearing to be bare: Jallal Al-Ali is pictured with dad Khalid and Ashley Southwell and Tash Furnell from the Leukaemia Foundation. Picture: Isabella Lettini

Bearing to be bare: Jallal Al-Ali is pictured with dad Khalid and Ashley Southwell and Tash Furnell from the Leukaemia Foundation. Picture: Isabella Lettini

Taurus Service Centre staff swapped wrenches for scissors for a special cause last Saturday.

The Girraween mechanic workshop owned by Dundas couple Khalid and Carol Al-Ali turned into a temporary salon for The World’s Greatest Shave, one of Australia's biggest fundraisers.

A sausage sizzle, jelly bean guessing competition and raffle also raised vital funds for blood cancer research and Leukaemia Foundation support services.

People had the option of shaving or colouring their locks for a new look.

No qualified hairdressers were needed.

“We did it all ourselves,” Mrs Al-Ali said.

“We’ve raised at least $2000 and are still counting as we have until the end of this month. We had eight people get their heads shaved. Lots of others coloured their hair while one man coloured his beard. We thought the weather would dampen people’s spirits but it didn’t. The rain kept some people away but we still had a good turn out and the support was there.”

The couple’s son Jallal 12, grew his hair for six months to have his head shaved for the ninth consecutive year.

He’s always been happy to do it. He has a good heart, so I’m very proud of him. - Carol Al-Ali

“He’s been doing it since he was three,” Mrs Al-Ali said.

“He’s always been happy to do it. He has a good heart, so I’m very proud of him.”

More than 60,000 Australians have a blood cancer or related disorders. Another 35 people will be diagnosed each day. An Australian loses their life to blood cancer every two hours

The couple have lost a relative to leukaemia.

“It’s a cause that’s very close to home and our hearts,” Mrs Al-Ali said.

“We want to raise people’s awareness and The World’s Greatest Shave is one of the best ways of raising money for research and helping the families of sick kids.”

Jallal added:

“I had a family member who was diagnosed, which gave me the inspiration to help find a cure.”

He expected to get some ribbing from his mates at school. “The girls like it though,” he said.

The World’s Greatest Shave will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year.

Donate by going to my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/thetaurusteam.

  • Go to parramatta.com.au to see more photos and a video from the day.
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