2011 is the year in which the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) turns 80 years old and also marks Cansa's eighth Shavathon event taking place 3 – 5 March 2011. Last year’s Shavathon was a resounding success thanks to the thousands of South Africans who showed solidarity with cancer survivors at their schools, work places and shopping venues countrywide.
“Shavathon is a very public demonstration of South Africa’s solidarity with cancer survivors," says Janse van Rensburg. "By shaving or colour-spraying for the event, we show support and celebrate life with cancer survivors and we remember our loved ones who have lost their lives to cancer."
Losing one’s hair is a common side-effect of chemotherapy - so that is why 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.