Camps' $13k shave helps cancer research

21 Mar, 2015 01:00 AM
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A new look for James, Camille and Peter Camp.
A new look for James, Camille and Peter Camp.

KIMBERLEY pastoralist Peter Camp may be unrecognisable after he shaved off his moustache and hair for the Leukaemia Foundation.

After a 10-year association with the Leukaemia Foundation, the Camp family wanted to give something back to the organisation.

Peter and Cheryl's son James was 17 when he was diagnosed with the disease.

So last Friday the family, which runs Kalyeeda station, participated in the World's Greatest Shave and raised $13,000.

Cheryl Camp said the foundation has helped many regional families.

"We are on a campaign to say thanks to the Leukaemia Foundation and their work for regional families and to raise awareness of the bone marrow registry," she said.

Ms Camp said leukaemia was a long-term illness, treatment usually lasting between one and three years and that most rural patients had to relocate for treatment.

"We were very lucky, the Leukaemia Foundation stepped in and helped with the accommodation for seven months for the most intensive treatment, which meant the family was together,'' she said.

"The foundation's support and education was vital to our wellbeing during the treatment."

Mr Camp is well-known for his signature moustache, but shaved it off on Friday.

The family held auctions for their daughter Camille to shave off her hair, Peter's moustache and hair, and James waxed an eyebrow, one leg and an arm.

Donations came from all over the Kimberley.

Addicted Studio Kununurra supported and helped organise the events, Yeeda Beef donated 32 kilograms of beef for a quiz night and Home Valley and El Questro stations donated holidays.

"Peter has had a moustache for more than 35 years," Ms Camp said.

"Camille, at 14, was found to be the perfect match as the sibling bone marrow donor for James and he has recovered well.

"We were very blessed.''

Ms Camp said two out of three people with leukaemia don't have a sibling donor and rely on the bone marrow registry.

"To register is a simple blood test and you could save a life,'' she said.

"There is a one in a thousand chance of matching, however if there is a match, and they enable a bone marrow transplant it could save a life."

Ms Camp hoped to raised between $10,000 to $12,000, so raising $13,000 was a great effort she said.

Ms Camp said the core of the fundraising efforts was a Ladies Night which raised $2300, a quiz night which raised $4000 and the shave which raised $4300.

"Everyone has been touched by cancer with someone close and there is so much despair of having them so far away in Perth for treatment," she said.

"We want the regional families to benefit from the support of the foundation and the research to find a cure.

"With a lot of help from the people around the Kimberley, we've raised $13,000."

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