Colour, spray, shave this CANSA Shavathon

2017-03-01 06:02

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THE Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA­) is hosting its annual CANSA Shavathon campaign. This year will celebrate the 14th shavathon with events happening on 25 February, 9am to 3pm at Makro, Galleria and Seadoone Mall and 26 February at Galleria and Seadoone Mall and at workplaces from 27 February to 3 March.

For a R50 donation (R25 for children under 12), people can shave or spray hair. Hair can also be donated if the ponytail measures 25cm or longer.

All hair donations, which meet all necessary requirements, will be used to make wigs for cancer patients.

CANSA encourages workplaces, corporates and service organisations to get involved. They can register as a shavathon host. Hosting a shavathon­ is so easy. They simply need to invite their contacts to the event, register and order the Shavathon products via CANSA’s eShop at

Manuals can be downloaded to help and set up an event. Shavathon gear is delivered by Globeflight.

CANSA Head of Sustainability, Maria Scholtz says: “Shavathon provides the opportunity to give back, by raising funds for cancer patient care and support programmes through shaving or spraying, or by making a hair donation for wigs to show solidarity with those battling cancer, or whose loved ones are fighting cancer. It’s also a time to remember and honour those who have lost the battle.”

Cancer survivors find great comfort in this campaign. Shaun Terblanche, CANSA Global Hero of Hope (33), a brain cancer survivor, has perhaps the best response to what shavathon means to him: “Away with hair, away with cancer.”

Nikki Seboni (26), a skin cancer survivor shares: “We don’t need a reason to help others. It’s the selfless acts we do that make us rise when helping others. CANSA Shavathon showed me Ubuntu and the beauty of selfless acts.”

Sharing stories is also part of the Shavathon experience. Hair donors share their previous experiences.

One such donir is KirshuaRamsammy: “This year I donated my ponytail for a wig, over 30cm’s was cut off. I got my muo to do the same and this wasn’t our first time. I will do it over and over, knowing that this is something awesome. I would rather donate it to this amazing cause.”

Share your fun pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and remember to use the hashtag #CANSAshavathon.

“CANSA Shavathon is a fun way to show your support in solidarity to those who are fighting cancer. It also creates awareness about the impact that cancer has on those affected by it. Shavathon will be nothing with your support and without the help of all of the dedicated CANSA volunteers, thank you,” says Scholtz.

For more information, visit www.cansa. or contact CANSA toll-free 080 022 6622 or as email address.

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