Blake raises over $1k after shaving head for charity

FUNDRAISING: Padthaway's Blake Healy has raised over $1000 for the Leukemia Foundation. Photo: Supplied.

FUNDRAISING: Padthaway's Blake Healy has raised over $1000 for the Leukemia Foundation. Photo: Supplied.

Countless Australians are familiar with the 'World's Greatest Shave', an initiative where people shave their hair to raise money for the Leukemia Foundation.

Padthaway youth Blake Healy was one of the many fantastic people who raised money for the great cause, smashing his initial fundraising goal as a bonus.

Mum Rebecca Weller said Blake's decision to take part in the well-loved initiative was due to a discussion they had the importance and power of hair.

"We had a discussion about hair being worth something, whether it be for wigs or shaving it off to raise money for a cause," Mrs Weller said.

She mentioned how he has "unique" hair due to it being very frizzy, and after learning about how prevalent leukemia is in Australia, he decided to grow his hair as long as he could.

Every day 35 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancer, which equates to roughly one Australian every 41 minutes.

The local community got right behind Blake's cause, helping him smash his goal of $560, almost doubling the initial amount.

Mrs Weller said $560 was set as the target due to that being the amount of money needed to provide treatment to one rural family.

On October 24, locals filled the Padthaway Football Club to watch Blake undergo the great shave.

At the well attended event, it was revealed that Blake had raised just over $775. Even after the shave, members of the community continued to support the cause by making donations.

Mrs Weller said the family lives by the motto of: "Help your neighbours, as well as your own."

The giving nature of Blake was on full display, but she said she wasn't surprised by his fantastic character, describing him as a "lovely human".

She said being involved in hospitality for a number of years has allowed the family to continuously meet new people, which has had a positive impact and molded them into the people they are today.

"Blake always listens to other people's stories," Mrs Weller said.

She also thanked everyone for their kind donations, with the money going towards important research that will hopefully improve the survival odds of people living with blood cancer.