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Are You Ready for CANSA Shavathon?

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CANSA’s Shavathon campaign is a few days away – kicking off at most shopping centres across the country on 27 Feb (and 28 Feb at selected venues). Shavathon continues at corporates and workplaces during the week of 29 Feb – 4 March 2016.

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CANSA’s Head of Sustainability, Maria Scholtz says, “In keeping up with trends, we’re introducing quick, easy and safe payments through the use of SnapScan at certain venues (Bethlehem, Bloemfontein, Boland, Cape Metro, Central Gauteng, Cosmos, East Rand, Highveld, Lowveld, Pretoria, Vaal, Welkom, West Coast and Western Gauteng). No cash, no card swipes but simply pay with your smartphone. And it works with any South African bank for debit and credit cards.”

Important info for Shavathon 2016

How does the event work at Shopping Centres?

Members of the public arrive at their nearest shopping centre to shave or for a donation of R50. Children under 12 donate only R25 (can pay via cash or SnapScan). They first register and sign an indemnity form and then pay the amount before proceeding to get shaved or sprayed. The process can take between 15 and 60 minutes depending on how busy the event is. Read more…

Are the colour sprays used safe / non-hazardous / will not stain?

The sprays are made from vegetable dye and won’t stain and can be washed out. However, CANSA provides capes to protect clothing e.g. white t-shirts.

Will the hair from shaved heads at Shavathon be used to make wigs?

Only long hair over 25cm is kept – the other hair is thrown away. Hair that is dyed or bleached can also be donated; however, hair clean and free of chemical treatments is preferred as this produces a higher quality of wig. Dreadlocks cannot be used. Read more…

Why does CANSA Shavathon not do clean-shaving?

A number 1 comb is offered as the shortest shave, in order to reduce the risk of nicks or cuts. CANSA advocates being SunSmart, so not to go bald all the way and risk sun damage. There is a selection of number 2 – 4 combs for shaving or people can spray or stencil hair in a multitude of colours.

Where does the money go to?

Funds raised help CANSA to enables research with a core focus on early diagnosis and cancer risk reduction, also to promote cancer-risk reduction through education and early detection programmes. And funds are also used to help give care and support to all affected by cancer. Find out more here…

Which social media platforms is Shavathon part of?

Shavathon is making use of most social networking sites, click the ‘like’ button on the Facebook page post to share photos and Shavathon experience, or follow on twitter @Shavathon and @CANSA – please also use #CANSAShavathon. Visit to stay connected. Add pics to Instagram and upload Shavathon video clips to YouTube.

  • Facebook: CANSA The Cancer Association of South Africa
  • Twitter: @CANSA
  • YouTube: Cancer Association of South Africa
  • Instagram: @CancerAssociationOfSouthAfrica

“Get behind CANSA Shavathon – it’s a way of showing support and solidarity for those currently fighting cancer and also to remember loved ones that have passed. A big thank you to all our volunteers who give of their time, we looking forward to spending time with them,” concludes Scholtz.


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