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Locals asked to lose their locks

Thursday, 25th February, 2010

* Tracy Gauci, Randy Meatheringham and Christos Niarros are preparing for the World's Greatest Shave in two weeks. * Tracy Gauci, Randy Meatheringham and Christos Niarros are preparing for the World's Greatest Shave in two weeks.

With the World's Greatest Shave just around the corner, store owners Randy Meatheringham, Christos Niarros and Tracy Gauci are getting together to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Ms Gauci, the owner of the Hair Strand, said she was taking part to honour the memory of one of her customers, Maria Petkovich, who died from leukaemia last year. Mr Niarros, who owns the South Newsagency, said the death of young Will Keurschner in December last year also motivated him join the World's Greatest Shave.

Mr Meatheringham, owner of the South Post Office, said he was getting "a number one all over" to help. "Hair grows back but it can't compare to losing a loved one to cancer," he said. He and Mr Niarros hope to raise more than $1500 for the Leukaemia Foundation. They will "be brave and shave" on Friday, March 12. This year the Leukaemia Foundation hopes to raise $13.5 million from the World's Greatest Shave which runs from March 11 to 13.

Around 10,000 Australians will be diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma this year. Every two hours someone loses their life to blood cancer. All donations can be made to the South Post Office or South Newsagency.

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