Since the first head was shaved in the name of combating cancer in 2001, the annual CANSA Shavathon has become one of the biggest fund-raisers of its kind in the world.
On Friday 15 February, CANSA will have its annual Shavathon - held in association with sponsors Nedbandk and Mnet – to educate the public about cancer, a disease affecting one in four South Africans.
The CANSA Shavathon gives members of the public the opportunity to donate R50 to CANSA and shave their heads or have their hair sprayed a colour of their choice. They do this to show their support for cancer survivors and to remember loved ones who have lost their lives to the disease. Participating in the Shavathon also allows them to share in the fight against cancer by joining CANSA’s call for research to find a cure for the disease.
With more than 80 shopping centres participating, the Shavathon promises to raise even more than last year’s R5 million. CANSA uses the funds for cancer prevention programmes and patient care services. Cancer affects one in four South Africans.