Shave, spray and save lives at seventh annual Cansa Shavathon

2010-03-02 00:00

THIS week, 300 places of work and 150 shopping malls will be abuzz when the seventh annual Cansa Shavathon begins.

On Friday and Saturday, the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) hopes to raise R10 million for cancer research and health programmes.

As in the years before, a R50 donation allows adults to shave or colour- spray their hair. Children under 12 pay R25.

“By shaving or colour-spraying for the event, we show support and celebrate life with cancer survivors. We remember our loved ones who have lost their lives to cancer,” said Cansa CEO Sue Janse van Rensburg.

According to Cansa, a final list of participating centres will be available closer to the time at

Due to health concerns, “clean shaves” will not be on offer.

Although the shortest shave will be a “number one”, this year stencil packs are available.

For an additional R12, stars, butterflies, flowers, soccer balls, lightning bolts and the word “warrior” can be sprayed on to an already shaved head.

Those unable to shave or spray their hair can still support the cause by paying a R50 minimum bail-out fee.

Last year, Tania Dryden donated her 53-centimetre plait of golden blonde hair to Cansa. “I had my hair cut for the first time in 32 years. My last short haircut was when I was six years old,” she said. “I have always said the day when I cut, I will donate my hair to Cansa.”

After Dryden lost her father to colon cancer she was one of many who participated in last year’s event, which raised R5 810 223.

Netcare St Anne’s Hospital is among the centres hosting events this year. From 7am to 11am, and from noon to 2pm on Friday, the walkway entrance to Jabvu Ndlovu Street (next to Dr Brom­bacher’s suites) will be used for a Shavathon.

On Saturday, supporters can shave or spray at Liberty Midlands Mall, Hayfields Mall, Cascades , Scottsville Mall, Southgate Spar, Polly Shortts Spar, Parklane Spar, The Quarry, and Raisemed Medical Centre.

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