Melbourne, June 25: The Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation (AAAF) will attempt a World Record for the Largest Gathering of Mohawk/Mohican Hairstyles during Alopecia Awareness Week, from October 10th -16th. The week's events will help rally support for research into this common condition.
Alopecia Areata is an immunological disease under genetic control which disrupts the normal biology of the hair follicle. It affects around 2% of the Australian public and results in a loss of hair on the scalp and other areas of the body.
Organiser Chel Campbell says that the week will be full of activities catering for all age groups and interests, with many held at various locations in and around Melbourne, Vic.
"Alopecia can present at any stage of life and affects males and females, Chel says. "It can have a devastating impact on the sufferer, especially with regards to body image. There is a grieving process that sufferers go through before they feel comfortable with their appearance.
"The world record attempt is to promote acceptance of people regardless of what you look like. That's why we chose this particular world recod attempt. So please come along and join in the festivities!"
(Activities for AAAF week will also be held in other States.)
Sunday 10th October 2010 10.00am - 4.00pm
Including live entertainment throughout the day
Kingston City Hall Moorabbin
World Record Attempt - Wellbeing Expo
Largest Gathering of Mohawk / Mohican Hair Styles
Sunday 10th October 2010 Registration 1.00pm judging will be on stage at 3:30pm.
Kingston City Hall Moorabbin
AAAF Annual Golf Day
Monday 11th October 12:00pm Kick Off
Rosebud Country Club Rosebud
Melbourne Aquarium Play Day
Tuesday 12th October 2010 10.00am - 1.00pm
Melbourne Aquarium - City
Crazy Hair Day
Friday 15th October 2010
Participating in Schools around Melbourne
AAAF Bike & Walk Family Day
Saturday 16th October 2010
Devonshire Tease - 7.7km Grade 1 Ride Fairfield Park
Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting [email protected]
Please visit the web site www.aaaf.org.au for more details on each event.
Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation
Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation (AAAF) objectives are to support research to find a cure or acceptable treatment for Alopecia Areata, provide emotional support to those with Alopecia and their families, inform the public and create awareness of Alopecia.
In providing a centralised medium for Australian alopecia support forums we aim:
* To promote positive image and respect for Alopecia Sufferers
* To provide strategies against bullying / name calling
* To provide opportunities for Alopecia Sufferers to have a voice and participate in their communities
* To increase community involvement and support for Alopecia sufferers
* To attend schools to inform parents and school communities on the disease
* To advocate on behalf of Alopecia Sufferers for equitable access to resources and services
* To seek funding support from Corporates, Community sponsorship and grant bodies