Updated 01 March 2013

Shavathon 2013: Mark vs. Marc

The gloves are off in the fight against cancer. Will you shave your head, like radio DJ Mark Pilgrim, or will you follow comedian Marc Lottering's lead, and spray your hair?

Celebrate the Cancer Assocation of South Africa (Cansa's) 10th Shavathon by sporting a new hairdo – spray it, shave it, stencil or gel it – and help make it the event of the decade.

Cansa Shavathon is one of South Africa’s best-loved events in support of a very worthy cause, namely showing solidarity with those affected by cancer. Losing one’s hair is a common side-effect of cancer therapy – so shaving your head has become a symbolic gesture of support for cancer survivors.

Colouring your hair or paying a Bail Out Fee have become options for those who prefer not to shave, or who can’t shave on the day.

Will you shave your head, like radio DJ and cancer survivor Mark Pilgrim, or will you follow comedian Marc Lottering's lead, and spray your hair in various colours?

"It’s a 'bald' move to shave everything off  – 'coloured' is lekker," says Marc Lottering, who lost his dad to cancer. With Cansa’s new colour hair gel, together with the sprays and stencils, those joining Marc can really create all kinds of colourful looks and styles in support of cancer survivors.

Mark Pilgrim, on the other hand, makes it clear where he stands: "This whole Mark vs. Marc thing is going to be a close shave – hair is going to fly." Shavathon volunteers are standing ready at shopping centres countrywide on 2 March to give those rallying behind Mark a number 1 shave in aid of raising funds for Cansa’s service to the public and all people affected by cancer.

Double your support

For a small donation of R50 you can shave or spray your hair at your nearest shopping centre. Children under 12 only donate R25.

The only question remains: to join Mark or Marc? Join both and double your support of Cansa Shavathon and shave your head before spraying it! Corporate and workplace Shavathons will take place for a whole week this year, from 25 February to 1 March.

Mark Pilgrim has been a loyal supporter of Cansa and Cansa Shavathon for many years, and this year Marc Lottering lent his own well-known voice for Cansa’s radio and tv ads, with singing sensation band Mi Casa’s hit song, These Streets as the soundtrack.

"We want to thank our sponsors, shopping centres and workplaces for their love and work, as well as all the Marks and Marc’s out there who selflessly support Shavathon to help make a difference in the lives of cancer survivors," says cancer survivor and Cansa CEO, Sue Janse van Rensburg. "We invite you to participate in Shavathon 2013."

This year's Shavathon will be taking place on Saturday 2 March 2013 at shopping centres all over South Africa. Find a participating shopping centre near you.

Visit the Shavathon website to learn more.

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