About CANSA Shavathon

CANSA Shavathon is one of South Africa’s best-loved events in support of a very worthy cause, namely showing solidarity with those affected by cancer. Losing one’s hair is a common side-effect of cancer therapy – so shaving your head has become a symbolic gesture of support for cancer survivors.

Colouring your hair or paying a Bail Out Fee have become options for those who prefer not to shave, or who can’t shave on the day.  For those who like to be actively engaged and to make a difference, Shavathon embraces volunteers. Their support is invaluable.

2016 – Our 13th Shavathon

This is our 13th national CANSA Shavathon, independently managed by CANSA staff and volunteers, and we can’t wait to see you there! Show your support by bringing your loved ones along  – the options are endless – you can shave, spray or stencil your hair, OR do all 3!

CANSA Shavathon is being held in shopping centres & Malls on Saturday, 27th February 2015 (a few venues will also host public events on Sunday, 28th February). Workplaces & organisations will be hosting events from the 29th February to the 4th March 2016.

Shavathon’s Online Fundraising Platform

See how to raise funds online as a Shavathon Champion and join CANSA’s online community to help spread the word about Shavathon far and wide.

Find out how your school, work place or organisation can take part in CANSA Shavathon 2016 and challenge your competition to do so too!  Or if you would like to you can support Shavathon at your local participating Shopping Centre.


Read more about CANSA and it’s unique role and service delivery…

In order to fund our unique, integrated service and our Holistic Care & Support to those affected by cancer, CANSA relies on the goodwill of individuals, government and corporate partners to support projects such as CANSA Shavathon.

How funds raised at Shavathon are used to fight cancer…

Queries CANSA

Visit www.cansa.org.za or call CANSA toll-free 0800 22 66 22, or email: info@cansa.org.za


  • Bulbul Shrivastava says:

    Dear Cansa,

    My brother is interested in shaving his head this month in support of Cancer patients.

    From the website, I noticed that the Shavathon happened in earlier this year.

    I wanted to ask if there’s another Shavathon happening now (October-December). Could you please tell me the dates and venues for it?

    I look forward to your reply.

    Thank you

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Hi Bulbul CANSA hosts it’s annual Shavathon on the last weekend in February – the website will be updated towards the end of 2016 regarding the 2017 Shavathon event.

      However, certain CANSA Care Centres do host smaller Shavathon events from time to time. Please contact your local CANSA Care Centre to find out more: http://www.cansa.org.za/cansa-care-centres-contact-details/

      Thanks so much for your support!

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