Shave or spray - do it anyway

2016-02-24 06:00

IT is Cansa Shavathon time again in South Africa for all, young and old, to show their support and solidarity for cancer patients and survivors.
In Greytown Mascor is once again hosting the Cansa Shavathon on Saturday 27 February and will donate R10 to Cansa for every colour spray or shave.

The first shavathon was held in the Eastern Cape in 2003 to support cancer patients as losing hair is a common side-effect of cancer treatment. Since then the event has gone national. Participants donate a fee to shave or colour-spray hair, The donation is used by Cansa to provide a service to the public and all people affected by cancer.

At the shavathon the public can choose to shave, spray or buy a wrap for a donation of R50.
Children under 12 donate only R25. Mascor will donate an additional R10 – all the money is given to Cansa. Shavers or sprayers have to first register and sign an indemnity form and then pay. The colours are made from vegetable dye and will wash out. This year’s colours are pink, purple, blue, green, silver, yellow, red, orange, black and white.

A number one comb is the shortest shave offered in order to reduce the risk of nicks or cuts. Cansa advocates being SunSmart, so it does not want you to go bald all the way and be at risk from sun damage. There is a selection of number two to four combs for shaving.

Funds raised goes to providing the unique integrated service to the public and all people affected by cancer, Cansa Care Centres that offer a wide range of care and support services to those affected by cancer.

Cansa is committed to connecting people facing cancer with the information, day-to-day help as well as emotional support they need in the communities where they live. “Our aim is to ensure that cancer survivors and their loved ones don’t have to face cancer alone - we’re here to support them through every step of their cancer journey”.

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