Kindest cut: Lose your hair for a good cause this weekend in Cansa’s shavathon

2012-03-02 00:00

HAVING raised close to R7,1 million last year, Cansa’s national Shavathon is back with more than 300 workplaces and organisations and about 200 shopping centres in South Africa joining the campaign to to support people with cancer.

This year the Cancer Association of South Africa added two workplace days — yesterday and today — for companies and organisations to host their own Shavathons in addition to the public Shavathon held at shopping malls this weekend.

The Shavathon was first held nine years ago in the Eastern Cape to show support for cancer patients, since a common side-effect of cancer therapy is hair loss. The campaign raised R700 000 and has since become a national event.

Those not willing to brave a number one shave, the closest cut offered, can have a No. 4 or have their hair spray-painted with a range of colour sprays made from a vegetable dye and a variety of stencils. Shapes include a star, butterfly, flower, soccer ball, lightning bolt and the word ‘warrior’.

Hair longer than 20cm can be donated and used to make wigs by Lace Hair which donates 10% of the proceeds for every wig sold to Cansa.

Said Cansa executive manager Lucy Balona: “To date we have distributed over 60 000 tins of colour spray and over 1 600 clippers or shavers for workplaces and public venues.

“Cancer affects everyone — young, old, black, white, rich or poor — and so many people want to show their support or solidarity for someone living with cancer.”

The money raised is used for prevention and education campaigns, care centres that offer stoma and lymphoedema clinics, medical equipment hire and toll-free line and support to children and their families affected by cancer.

The cost for aduults is R50 for a shave or spray and R25 for children under the age of 12.

Those who don’t want their hair changed or are unable to make the event, but still want to show their support, can visit and make a minimum donation of R50.

Visit The Witness website ( for venues where Shavathons will be hosted in Pietermaritzburg and Durban.

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