- Where does CANSA Shavathon come from?
- How often is Shavathon held?
- What’s new in 2014?
- If I can’t spray can I support another way?
- Is hair from shaved heads made into wigs?
- Are clippers/scissors sterilized?
- Why no more clean shaving?
- Colour spray questions
- Where does the money go?
- Why R50 to take part?
- Shavathon Online Community
Where does CANSA Shavathon come from?
The first Shavathon was held in the Eastern Cape in 2003 as a way to show solidarity or support for cancer patients as losing hair is a common side effect of cancer therapy. Since then the event has gone national. Participants show support by donating a fee to shave or colour-spray hair, with some using fun stencil designs 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. Explore our infographic on Shavathon – History of Last 10 Years
How often is CANSA Shavathon held?
Once a year. Dates for 2014 are Mon, 24 Feb – Fri, 28 Feb (workplaces) and Sat, 1 March for public events. This is our 11th CANSA Shavathon event of which the last four have been independently managed by CANSA staff and volunteers. Come celebrate with us to make it the Shavathon of the decade!
What’s new for 2014?
- One full week for corporates and workplaces.
It’s a week of spraying and shaving – a full week for corporates and workplaces to host Shavathon events from Mon, 24 Feb to Friday 28 Feb 2014. Register to order stock. (The public can participate on Saturday the 1st March 2014 at their nearest shopping centre and in some regions where there is a large demand, the Sunday 2nd March as well.
Become an Online Champion for Shavathon 2014:
- Sign up your company on the Shavathon website as a Shavathon online Corporate Champion or create your own corporate internal project where individual employees or different divisions and branches can sign up as activists. You can also create your own fundraising account and challenge employees to support your project – and match the employees’ contribution. Challenge other corporates to see who will raise the most funds. Donors can view your organisation’s projects and latest posts and make a donation on a secure donation page.
- Individuals and volunteers can also create their own fundraising page – set up your online fundraising profile; write a short overview of what your aim is and why people should sponsor your project. Invite all your friends, colleagues, employees and family to your fundraising page and ask them to give donations. Keep your fundraising project alive with updates, photos and videos while tracking your progress. Find more information re becoming an online Champion for Shavathon…
How do the workplace Shavathons work? Can anyone attend?
Many workplaces, organisations and educational institutions decide to host their own Shavathons in order to raise awareness and funds for the cancer cause. Hosting a Shavathon is often a wonderful team-building experience and many companies adopt CANSA Shavathon as their Corporate Social Investment (CSI) project. This takes place the week (24 Feb – 28 Feb 2013) before the shopping centre events (1 March).
Employees take part and often they invite service providers, clients and friends to also participate. The designated staff member pays the commitment fee online, orders the materials from CANSA online, hosts the event and afterwards transfers the funds to CANSA. Many companies match the funds contributed by employees to make this event an even bigger success.
How does the event work at Shopping Centres?
Members of the public arrive at their nearest shopping centre to shave, stencil or spray for a donation of R50. Children under 12 donate only R25. They first register and sign an indemnity form and then pay the amount before proceeding to get shaved, sprayed or stencilled. The process can take between 15 and 60 minutes depending on how busy the event is. The event is normally open from 9:00 to 15:00 but may extend to 16:00 so try to get there early to avoid disappointment. (Some regions will also host a Shavathon on Sunday 2nd March. Read more…
What if I cannot shave or spray at a workplace or shopping centre 24 Feb – 1 March 2014? Is there another way I can support CANSA Shavathon?
Yes, go online and make a minimum donation of R50 by going to this link: ‘bail-out’. You may also participate in regional Shavathons that some regions hold throughout the year. You would need to contact your nearest CANSA Care Centre to find out when their next event will be held.
Will the hair from shaved heads at Shavathon be used to make wigs?
Only long hair over 20cm is kept – the other hair is thrown away. Hair that is dyed or bleached can also be donated, however, hair clean and free of chemical treatments is preferred as this produces a higher quality of wig. Dreadlocks cannot be used. To donate hair – clean and dry hair must be put into a ponytail and then cut with scissors, keeping the ponytail intact. Hair needs to be placed immediately into a sealed plastic bag and put into an envelope to be posted to CANSA Head Office, PO Box 2121, Bedfordview, 2008 or 26 Concorde Rd, West Bedfordview, 2007 or can be delivered to your local CANSA Care Centre. The hair is then delivered to a wig company to make wigs for cancer survivors as well donates 10% of proceeds to CANSA for every wig sold.
Are the Wahl clippers and scissors sterilised after use?
Why does CANSA Shavathon no longer do clean-shaving?
We offer a number 1 comb as the shortest shave, in order to reduce the risk of nicks or cuts. CANSA advocates being SunSmart, so we don’t want you to go bald all the way and place yourself at risk from sun damage. We advise on always wearing a sun approved sun screen or wearing a wide brimmed hat to protect you from the sun. There is a selection of number 2-4 combs for shaving, or you can spray or stencil your head a multitude of colours if you are not willing or unable to shave your head with a number 1 comb.
Are the colour sprays used safe / non-hazardous / will not stain?
The sprays are made from vegetable dye and won’t stain and can be washed out. However, use the cape/towelling to protect clothing e.g. white t-shirts.
What colours are you offering for the colour spray and gel?
Colours this year are pink, purple, blue, green, silver, yellow, red, orange, black and white, so you can choose one or a combination of colours. Some people even shave and then spray to double their support!
Where does the money go to?
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.
Your support helps us to continue the fight against cancer in South Africa and brings us closer to the challenge of a cancer-free society within our generation. Let this become our legacy to our children and generations to come. Read more…
R50 is too expensive. Why not make it cheaper for families?
The price has remained R50 for the last 11 CANSA Shavathon events in a row and is considered a donation. Children under 12 donate only R25.
Who are the partners for CANSA Shavathon 2013?
Dedicated suppliers are all national shopping centres, Wahl Clipper, Globeflight, Aerosol and Cosmetic Works & Newsclip Media Monitoring. There are a number of other media partners that assist with free coverage or exposure on a regional basis – these are listed on the website including all participating shopping centres.
Which social media platforms is Shavathon part of?
CANSA Shavathon is making use of most social networking sites, click the ‘like’ button on our Facebook page, post your photo and share your Shavathon experience, or follow us on twitter: @Cansa. You can also upload your Shavathon video clips to YouTube – see our Shavathon YouTube videos.