CANSA’s 10th Shavathon – shave it, spray it, stencil it or gel it!
The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) celebrates its 10th year of hosting CANSA Shavathon events in 2013 and encourages everyone to take part from 25th February to 2 March 2013 at their workplace or at a shopping centre by shaving, spraying, stencilling or – new for 2013, gelling hair – for a R50 donation (kids under 12, only R25).
The first Shavathon was held in the Eastern Cape in 2003 as a way to show solidarity or support for those touched by cancer as losing hair is a common side effect of cancer therapy. Participants show support by donating a fee to shave or colour-spray hair, with some using fun stencil shapes of a star, butterfly, flower, soccer ball, lightning bolt and the word ‘warrior’. The donation is used by CANSA to provide a service to the public and all people affected by cancer. (http://goo.gl/H0pJP)
CANSA started the countdown to the 10th Shavathon, by hosting a mini-Shavathon recently. Special guests included 13-year old student Matthew Moffet, a high functioning autistic, who had been growing his hair for a year in order to shave and show his support for cancer survivors. His head was shaved by CANSA CEO and cancer survivor, Sue Janse van Rensburg. (view pics on http://goo.gl/GIE0I)
Also showing support is Sizwe Lawrence Ndlovu, 2012 Olympic Rowing Gold medallist whose mother passed away from cancer. “I’m taking part in Shavathon to honour my mother who was a pillar of strength to me. I want to ensure that others, especially other mothers become aware of cancer and assist and show their support”, he explained. (view pics on http://goo.gl/GIE0I)
Corporates, workplaces and schools can show their support from 25 February – 1 March 2013, register and order supplies on (http://www.shavathon.org.za/your-own-event-step-1/ – this might change after the new Shavathon shop has been implemented) or at the nearest shopping centre on Saturday 2 March 2013 (http://www.shavathon.org.za/shave-or-spray-at-a-shopping-centre/) country-wide. Sue Janse van Rensburg, CANSA CEO, says “It’s our 10th Shavathon, and we challenging all South Africans to show their support in the fight against cancer and for cancer survivors. We excited to introduce for the first time, colour gel for those wanting a funky hair-do”.
Show ‘virtual’ support – become an online Champion CANSA offers an online platform for volunteers and corporate South Africa to take part as online ‘Champions’ by raising funds and stand the chance to win lots of prizes. Join by clicking the ‘like’ button on CANSA’s Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CANSAShavathon) and join CANSA’s online community and help spread the word far and wide. Visit www.shavathon.org.za to sign up today, or make a secure online donation.
Janse van Rensburg concludes “Everyone can take part, so become a volunteer, register your company to host a Shavathon, or register as an online Champion and help raise funds – visit www.shavathon.org.za for details.”
About CANSA and CANSA Shavathon
- This is the 10th national CANSA Shavathon, (of which the last three have been independently managed by CANSA staff and volunteers). Losing hair is a common side-effect of cancer therapy – so shaving, spraying, stencilling or gelling your head has become a symbolic gesture of support for cancer survivors. CANSA Shavathon will be held in over 300 workplaces and organisations on 25 February – 1 March 2013, and in over 200 shopping centres on 2nd and at selected venues only on 3 March 2013.
- Funds raised goes to providing the unique integrated service to the public and all people affected by cancer. As a leading role-player in cancer research (more than R6 million spent annually), the scientific findings and knowledge gained from CANSA’s research is used to realign our health programmes as well as strengthen our watchdog role to the greater benefit of the public.
- Our wide-reaching health programme includes prevention and education campaigns, CANSA Care Centres that offer stoma and lymphoedema clinics, medical equipment hire, toll-free line and support to children and their families affected by cancer. Patient care and support in the form of 11 CANSA Care Homes for out-of-town cancer patients in the main metropolitan areas plus one hospitium (based in Polokwane) as well as two CANSA-TLC Lodges in Pretoria and Limpopo for parents/guardians of children treated for cancer. Visit (http://goo.gl/H0pJP) of how we fight cancer in your community.
- For more info visit www.cansa.org.za, contact CANSA toll-free 0800 22 66 22, or email: [email protected]. Follow CANSA on Twitter: @CANSA (http://www.twitter.com/ @CANSA) and join CANSA on Facebook: CANSA: Fighting cancer in South Africa