Shavathon 2013 – CANSA says Thank You South Africa!

CANSA Shavathon Thank you Pre...11 March 2013: CANSA wishes to thank all who took part in their 10th Shavathon Campaign which took place from the 25th Feb to 2nd March at workplaces and shopping centres countrywide.

Says CANSA’s CEO Sue Janse van Rensburg, “For the 10th year you have shown how much you care – you let your hair down and shaved it, sprayed it, stencilled it and gelled it to help us fight cancer. Your participation has raised much needed funds for CANSA to help those affected by cancer. Thank you for helping us to change lives.”

“The public has really helped to make it the best Shavathon yet. Thank you to all shopping centres, corporates, workplaces, schools, partners and suppliers.  We couldn’t have asked for better or bigger and we want to thank each and every person, as well as our volunteers who took the time to make their Shavathon mark.”

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. For 10 years now, participants have shown their support by donating a fee to shave or colour-spray hair.   The donation is used by CANSA to provide a service to the public and all people affected by cancer.  Read more…

Many famous faces (and heads) made their mark for Shavathon this year, by spraying, shaving, stencilling or gelling their hair. Cancer survivor and radio personality, Mark Pilgrim made sure to let everyone know that going bald is the bold step, while well-loved SA comedian, Marc Lottering stuck to his guns (and hair) and supported the spraying. Many other celebs also took part – Mark Haze, Sizwe Ndlovu, Natalie du Toit, Daniel Baron, and Zane Maqetuka who showed their support at various workplaces and shopping centres across the country.

This year, over 54 000 tins of colour spray were used; over 850 clippers (shavers) buzzed away across the country at 500 workplaces and close to a 300 shopping malls; over 5 800 gels were used at Shavathon events and more than 53 000 CANSA Wraps made their way to Shavathons across the country.  Be sure to check out all the pics and see photo & media highlights here…

Support Shavathon Online Champions

Shavathon’s online campaign continues until the end of March – volunteers and corporate South Africa are taking part as online ‘Champions’ by raising funds online and standing the chance to win lots of prizes.  Visit www.shavathon.org.za for info, to make a donation or to get involved.

Janse van Rensburg concludes that words are not enough to express CANSA’s appreciation to the people of this country who took part in Shavathon and who made it such a success. It was so encouraging to read the comments from survivors on our social network platforms such as the following one:

“I just want to thank everyone that is offering up their hair to prove a cause, from the bottom of my heart. It means so much to us as cancer survivors to see you either cutting your hair off completely or to walk around with funny colours on your head. It means so much to me and again, Thank You for the support.”

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