02 March 2012

Freshlyground pledges support for Shavathon 2012

South African super band Freshlyground has pledged its support of Cansa by giving Cansa rights to use its music in the radio and TV ads to promote Shavathon 2012.


The Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) invites all South Africans to join them in celebrating by taking part in its 9th annual Shavathon.

“You can help everyone who has ever been touched by cancer by registering your workplace today and ordering supplies to host your own Shavathon event during the 1st and 2nd of March or participate at one of the public events on the 3rd of March,” says Rachel Wall, Cansa’s Chief Business Development Officer.

Last year 250 shopping centres and 220 workplaces helped raise R7.1 million for Cansa’s support services. Cansa offers a unique integrated service to the public and all people affected by cancer.

This year internationally acclaimed music band, Freshlyground, has pledged its support of Cansa by giving Cansa rights to use its music in the radio and TV ads to promote Cansa Shavathon. An article in Time Magazine describes the seven-member band as the personification of the Rainbow Nation – "mixing not only race and gender but also nationality, musical style, language, age and even height…"

“It is a privilege to be part of something bigger than yourself and help make a difference in the lives of people who have to face the difficult journey of cancer,” says Freshlyground lead singer, Zolani Mahola. 

Freshlyground’s Zolani Mahola (vocals) with freshly sprayed hair getting ready for Shavathon 2012 with cancer survivors, Aneeqah Barends and Wadiah Salie. (Photo credit: Cansa)

Says Cansa: "We're confident that the voice of Freshlyground, whose collaboration with Shakira in "Waka Waka" sold over a million singles and reached number one in 19 countries worldwide, will be heard for cancer survivors across the country."

Show your support by shaving or spraying in a multitude of colours to support cancer survivors for a R50 donation, children under 12 pay R25. Colour-spray your hair with stencils in the shape of a star, butterfly, flower, soccer ball, lightning bolt or "warrior" word design and make a difference.

Click here for a list of participating shopping centres.

Companies and individuals too can become Champions for Cansa by registering on their online platform and raising funds.  Be part of Cansa’s online community, "like" their Facebook fan page and follow them on Twitter: @Shavathon and help spread the word far and wide.

Visit or call toll-free 0800 22 66 22 to learn more and sign up, or make a secure online donation.

Want to start a fundraising campaign for Cansa Shavathon 2012? Watch this how-to video:

- (Adapted by Birgit Ottermann from a Cansa press release, Health24, February 2012)

(Pic: Cansa)


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