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Wellard legacy

The Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) has been incredibly fortunate to be a long-time beneficiary of the Wellard Group. Through this long-standing relationship, they have become a vital part of the CLCRF family and this relationship continues to strengthen.

In December last year, the Foundation’s Chairman, Geoff Cattach and Executive Officer, Andrea Alexander (pictured with husband Gordon in photo above), were invited to the Wellard annual Christmas party at Fraser’s Restaurant to celebrate another year of working together to make a difference for children with leukaemia.

Wellard Group is one of Australia’s largest producers and distributors of livestock and grain. They use their capabilities and relationships to raise funds to contribute to foundations like CLCRF.

Early in January 2017, Wellard Group continued to support the Foundation by presenting a donation of $25,000. CLCRF are truly indebted to the amazing support from Wellard and its management.

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Zaivier’s big hair chop

Zavier’s mission was to share his hair with those without it. When his plans hit a hurdle he was undeterred, he simply changed tact to lead him from a big chop to a great shave.

It was back in 2015 that Zavier originally decided he wanted to grow his hair to donate it to a foundation that made wigs for kids with Leukaemia. He was inspired by a mate who had done just that.

“I realised that kids with leukaemia don’t get to go home every night like I do, they don’t get to wake up in their own bed in the morning, they don’t get to go school or the park to play like I get too. A lot of them spend so much time in hospital that the hospital is their home,” Zavier explained.

“So I figured by donating my hair, wigs could be made for those kids, so that when they do get to go out they have a wig to wear and people don’t stare at them because they look different.”

For human hair to be used for a wig it is required to be at least 35cms in length. Unfortunately, Zavier’s ambition to reach the length he needed would literally be cut short. At 11 years old he was about to start high school, his hair was 20 cm long: too long for high school regulations and too short to be used to make a wig.

Disappointed, he had to trim his locks before he could donate them.

Zavier realised he could still make a difference. Instead of cutting his hair, he could shave his whole head and raise money for the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation.

In the end, Zavier raised more than $880 to contribute towards vital research to help kids with leukaemia. Thank you Zavier for your determination to help kids with Leukaemia!