Show your support for a cancer survivor

Media Release: Going bald and colourful for CANSA

The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) celebrates over 80 years of service and won’t be slowing down any time soon – it’s all systems go for its 9th annual Shavathon. You can help anyone who has ever been touched by cancer by taking part and supporting Shavathon from 1 – 4 March 2012.

“We’d like to thank everyone, especially our volunteers who took part last year at 250 shopping centres and at 220 workplaces, and helped raise R7.1 million so that CANSA can continue providing our service to the community and support to cancer survivors” says CANSA’s Chief Business Development Officer, Rachel Wall.

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CANSA encourages companies and individuals to help make a difference once again by shaving or spraying in a multitude of colours to support cancer survivors for a R50 donation, children under 12 pay R25. Workplaces can register and order supplies to host a Shavathon event during the 1st and 2nd of March or participate at the nearest shopping centre on 3 and 4 March 2012. Participants can colour-spray hair with stencils in the shape of a star, butterfly, flower, soccer ball, lightning bolt or ‘warrior’ word design.

New for CANSA Shavathon 2012 is an online platform for volunteers and corporate South Africa to take part as online ‘Champions’ by raising funds and lots of prizes can be won, join by clicking the ‘like’ button on our Facebook page:  Join CANSA’s online community, follow us on Twitter: @Shavathon and help spread the word far and wide.  Visit to sign up today, or make a secure online donation.

Wall concludes, “CANSA Shavathon is one of the country’s most compelling public events where everyone from different communities and settings can take part.  We look forward to the South African community warmly embracing this event in 2012 – it’s a highly symbolic way of showing their support for cancer survivors.”

Visit or call toll-free 0800 22 66 22 for more info on how to take part.

CANSA Shavathon Partners

SABC 2 – CSI media partner, Wahl Clipper, Warehouse & Courier IT, Academy Brushware, Newsclip Media Monitoring and Limegreen Online Design.

About CANSA and CANSA Shavathon

  • This is the 9th national CANSA Shavathon, independently managed by CANSA staff and volunteers. 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 has become an option for those who prefer not to shave.  CANSA Shavathon is being held in over 300 workplaces and organisations on 1 & 2 March, and in over 200 shopping centres on 3rd & 4th March 2011.
  • CANSA offers a 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 our research are 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 13 CANSA Care Homes and the main metropolitan areas plus one hospitium (based in Polokwane) for out-of-town cancer patients as well as CANSA-TLC Lodging for paediatric oncology parents.


For more information, please contact Lucy Balona, Head: Marketing and Communication at CANSA or email:, call 011 616 7662 or cell: 082 459 5230.  Or visit or call CANSA toll-free 0800 22 66 22, or email:

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