Show your support for a cancer survivor

Get Loud in Colour and Give Hope!

Afrikaanse Media Vrystelling

3 December 2017 – “It’s time to get loud in colour and give Hope by planning for CANSA Shavathon 2018,” urges CANSA.

CANSA’s annual Shavathon has become the darling of South Africa’s fundraising events in support of a worthy cause. In 2018, it will be staged for the 15th consecutive time in shopping centres around the country on 24 & 25 February ( and at workplaces from 26 February to 2 March. Not only has the shaving or spraying of heads become symbolic gestures in support of cancer patients and cancer survivors, it continues to ease the strain experienced by patients who lose their hair while undergoing treatment.

While cancer itself doesn’t typically cause hair loss, chemotherapy and certain radiation does by affecting hair, mainly on the head, of cancer patients. And with Shavathon’s call to action ‘Get Loud in Colour and provide HOPE’, participants can shave, spray or simply donate a ‘bail-out fee’ online. Solidarity for cancer patients and survivors can be shown by adults giving R50 and children, under the age of 12 years, giving R25.

As part of the 2018 campaign, people that shave and spray can buy a special limited edition Shavathon badge at R5 to show how they have supported the cause. And a specially designed limited badge will be made available for free to those donating ponytails of hair of 25cm or longer.

Behind Shavathon’s colourful spectacle lies the reality of this disease. A recent study published by medical journal, Lancet, predicts that South Africa could see an increase of 78% of cancer cases by 2030. *₁ (Health24, 30 March 2017)

Maria Scholtz, CANSA’s Head of Sustainability says, “If your workplace, school or organisation would like to organise a CANSA Shavathon, please register with us on shavathon.org.za. Cancer affects everybody in some way and by being involved in raising funds, participants can make a difference. You can help us keep offering care and support programmes, counselling as well as support groups. While many have not yet had to adjust to a personal cancer diagnosis in their lives, that doesn’t mean that they will never be personally affected by the mayhem it triggers.”

“All funds raised help CANSA to continue delivering our care and support programmes. We also provide educational materials with information on how to lower the cancer risk and help provide access to early detection of cancer. Our CANSA Care Centres offer support in many forms to cancer patients, their families and anyone who wants to know more about the disease,” concludes Scholtz.

Queries CANSA

Visit www.shavathon.org.za – contact CANSA toll-free on 0800 22 66 22 or email info@cansa.org.za – follow CANSA on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram. CANSA offers multi-lingual support on WhatsApp: 0721979305 for English and Afrikaans, and 0718673530 for Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho and Siswati.

About CANSA

CANSA offers a unique integrated service to the public and to all people affected by cancer. CANSA is a leading role-player in cancer research (more than R12 million spent annually) and the scientific findings and knowledge gained from our research are used to realign our health programmes, as well as strengthen our watchdog role to the greater benefit of the public.

Our health programmes comprise health and education campaigns; CANSA Care Centres that offer a wide range of care and support services to those affected by cancer; stoma and other clinical support and organisational management; medical equipment hire, as well as a toll-free line to offer information and support.

We also supply patient care and support in the form of 11 CANSA Care Homes in the main metropolitan areas for out-of-town cancer patients; a Wellness Centre based in Polokwane; and CANSA-TLC lodging for parents and guardians of children undergoing cancer treatment.


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