Shaving for a cure

KYLE Hodgman has been growing his red hair for two-years just so he can shave it off.

As part of the recent YMCA Hobart’s open day, Mr Hodgman joined thousands of Australians shaving their heads to spread awareness and raise funds for blood cancer.

Leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma are types of blood cancer that can develop in anyone, of any age, at any time.

Mr Hodgman said he was inspired by the fact that 35 Australians were told every day they had a form of blood cancer.

He has raised more than $1000 for the Leukaemia Foundation so far.

“It’s a great feeling to know that I’ve got such an awesome community behind me,” he said.

His hair has been donated to Salon Red Hobart, where it will be used for wig-making.

The event was supported by YMCA Hobart where Mr Hodgman is a fitness instructor and the Glenorchy City Lions & Leo’s Cubs, of which he is a member.

“Kyle is a shining example of a young person making a positive difference in the community,” Lions Club secretary Jenny Pritchett said.

“We are proud to stand alongside him and support his cause.”

Mr Hodgman’s goal is to raise $2000.

To donate, phone 0474 643 666.

Caption: Kyle Hodgman has shaved off his ginger locks to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation as part of the World’s Greatest Shave.