16 February 2011

Get ready for the 2011 Shavathon

Get ready for Cansa's eighth Shavathon, an opportunity to show solidarity with cancer survivors by shaving your head or spray-painting your hair.

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. 


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