Eric Smith shaved off his long locks for the World's Greatest Shave on Australia Day.
Eric Smith shaved off his long locks for the World's Greatest Shave on Australia Day. Tegan Annett

Sign up to shave to help get one step closer to the cure

THERE'S never been a better time to rid those long luscious locks and brave a shiny smooth scalp.

The World's Greatest Shave is quickly approaching, but there's still time to sign up.

If you're not brave enough for a full shave, don't stress, you can still creatively colour that beautiful mane.

The annual event assists in raising vital funds for leukaemia patients and their families.

For Gladstone patients alone, the Foundation provided more than 860 nights of accommodation in Brisbane last year, as well as tailored support services.

From March 14 to 17, anyone can join in the hope for a cure by contributing to the goal of fundraising 4.5 million dollars.

On Friday March 15 and Saturday March 16 the local community is invited to witness a shave event held at Stockland Gladstone.

The 'Public Shave' gives fundraisers the opportunity to honour their commitment in front of others, or the public can join in on the spot for a donation to the cause.

Eric shaved to help get closer to a cure

A STEP closer to a cure is all Eric Smith is after.

Among the hustle and bustle of the wet weather on Australia Day, Eric Smith toughed out something different.

That being scissors and razors cutting away at his full head of thick curly locks.

"It's just a good cause, and I was a really hairy guy," he laughed.

After losing his dad to the horrible disease when he was only four years old and his mother battling the illness and making it out the other side, deciding the fundraise wasn't a hard decision.

"It's certainly changed my life," he said.

Mr Smith urged the importance of the event and supporting the Leukaemia Foundation.

"Just so we can stamp it out and keep it in the public awareness. It's a silent killer and it's very hard to diagnose early."

Originally aiming to raise $1000 Mr Smith was pleased that he made $1500 to put towards the good cause.

The growth within medical advances has been astonishing over the years, majorly impacted by fundraising efforts.

"It was basically a death sentence when my dad had it in 1986. If I was to have what dad had now, I would probably be able to make it through it."

"It's so important to support, it affects so many people especially family and friends."

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Eric Smith shaved off his long locks for the World&squot;s Greatest Shave on Australia Day.