To that end, they will hold a fundraiser on June 13 at the Mt Henry Tavern in Como.
‘After realising that sarcoma had affected many people we knew but hardly anyone knew what it was, we decided it was time to get proactive and raise awareness as well as raising vital funds towards sarcoma research in the process,’ Miss McElroy said.
Two of the girls’ friends diagnosed with sarcoma have died. Another friend, Troy Turpin, was diagnosed last October.
Mr Turpin will shave Miss McElroy’s hair at the tavern as part of the fundraiser.
‘I hope to make young people realise that something like a diagnosis of sarcoma could happen to anyone, you or someone close to you,’ she said. ‘We are not invincible when we are young, and sometimes things don’t work out how we want but we can make better choices and better changes.’
The girls are aiming to raise $20,000 for Sock it to Sarcoma and Hollywood Private Hospital Research Foundation.
Bar staff Greg Warren and Clayton O’Callaghan will be sky-diving the day before the shave in a bid to raise funds for the shave on behalf of the Mt Henry Tavern.
The tavern will be donating profits from the special drinks sold on the night.
Sophie Jane and the Chilly Bin Boys will be the entertainment and MCs for the night.
– People can donate on the night or on give.everydayhero.com/au/sarah-mcelroy