New do’s for cancer turn heads

2018-06-05 06:00
Zeah van Schalkwyk gives Nigel Neethling a shave.PHOTOS: Samantha Lee

Zeah van Schalkwyk gives Nigel Neethling a shave.PHOTOS: Samantha Lee

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If your doctor, nurse or porter looked a bit out of place on Friday, know that they did it for a good cause.

Staff and patients at the Mitchell’s Plain District Hospital participated in a Cansa Shavathon arranged by the hospital’s Nutrition Department­.

“We all know someone who is affected by cancer and this is a really good cause. We end up diagnosing a large number of terminally ill or inoperable cancer patients at the hospital and we thought this would be a great way to give back and show support for them,” says Margaux Doe from the hospital.

Maintenance manager, Nigel Neethling, also shaved his head.

“I have a history of cancer in my family. Some of my in-laws and nieces have had cancer. My one niece has been in remission for around eight years and had stage 4 cancer. This is a worthy cause and I thought I must support it,” says Neethling. “I was not prepared to do this in winter but I was planning to do this. Being cold is a minor and temporary discomfort in comparison to what cancer patients go through. I wish more people would get involved in these initiatives to show their support and feel what patients go through. It will make a big difference in the attitude toward cancer.”

The event ran from 09:00 to 14:00 with staff from all over the hospital participating.

Communications manager Monique Johnstone also participated and says she did it in honour of her family, who also suffered from cancer.

The shavathon is an initiative by the Cansa Association as a fundraiser. The association also allows participants to donate their hair which is used to create wigs for cancer patients. Shavathons are hosted in various locations and a shave, spray or cut costs R50 per person.

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