Today the Phoenix Hockey Club are seeking community support outside the Esperance post office, to help raise money for The Leukemia Foundation, through the World’s Greatest Shave. One of the team’s youngest players,16 year old Sophie Parker, was diagnosed with leukemia in January 2018, inspiring the team to shave and colour. Team captain Courteney Moffat described the news of Sophie’s diagnosis as a shock and said the players were inspired to do what they could to support the vital work of The Leukemia Foundation. “We thought if she's doing it tough, I suppose we can go and shave our head to show her our support. We thought we'd all try and pitch in to raise money for The Leukemia Foundation”, Ms Moffat said.
Two players, Nicky Tesoriero and Vicky Hempsell, will shave, whilst other players will dye their hair. Ms Moffat said the Parker family were happy the team was showing their support. “Sophie and her mum were really excited, and a little bit shocked that we said we were going to do this for her. They were really over the moon and couldn't thank us enough for showing support.”
The team’s goal is to raise $10,000. “It's not just going to our friend, it's going to anybody who's suffering leukemia, it’s mental and emotional support throughout the whole journey. Currently our friends are helped by the foundation with housing and accommodation. So it’s vital to help these people get back on their feet and on the road to recovery.”
To donate to the Phoenix Hockey Club’s World’s Greatest Shave fund or to sponsor individual team members click here.
Over 60,000 people have blood cancer or related disorders in Australia, and on average one Australian is diagnosed every 41 minutes, according to The Leukemia Foundation.
2018 will be the 20th year of the World’s Greatest Shave.
For further information on joining the team call Nicky Tesorieo on 0467 879 530, and join the team outside the Esperance post office with a sausage sizzle on-site as well.