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CANSA: Colouring Hope

Maxine Du Plessis

Rika Knoetze, the Sabie CANSA representative and her volunteers held their annual CANSA Shavathon at Sabie Market Square on Saturday, March 2nd.

CANSA volunteers also visited the local schools where they sprayed the children’s hair to raise funds. Big5, together with Global FM and Global Artists hosted a fundraising evening where they sold curries to raise funds for the earmarked Sabie CANSA Liaison. Global FM radio station also broadcasted from Big5 to raise awareness for cancer.

“CANSA Shavathon, in its 16th year, 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. For those who like to be actively engaged and to make a difference, Shavathon embraces volunteers. Their support is invaluable.” CANSA website.

Rika and her team managed to raise approximately R3000 for the CANSA Shavathon with the shaving and spraying of hair, the wraps and the T-shirts. “The CANSA Shavathon was a huge success. Sybrand Van Niekerk High School raised R640 and Grace Christian Academy donated R110 to the cause. We sprayed about 200 kids’ hair at Sabie Primary. Thank you, Big5, Global FM and all the participants in this year’s Shavathon. We really appreciate your donations,” Rika said.

Workplaces & organisations will be hosting events from Monday, 4th March to Friday, 8th March 2019.

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