Michele du Plessis
17 March 2017
The annual CANSA Shavathon was held at the Sabie Market Square on Saturday, February 25. The CANSA volunteers in Sabie joined in for this worthy cause to raise funds for cancer research. This year the theme was ‘Loud in Colour’ and it was a fun way to show support for those fighting cancer.
Some chemotherapy protocols are known to let the patients hair fall out, and the saving of heads is a symbolic representation of this. It also raises awareness of the impact that cancer has on people suffering from this serious illness. The CANSA volunteers shaved or sprayed hair for a donation of R50 for adults or R25 for children. Long hair, 25 cm or longer, can be donated for wigs for cancer patients.
Rika Knoetze (CANSA Volunteer) commented that the event was quieter than in previous years. “We sprayed quite a lot of people’s hair and everybody enjoyed it. We also hosted the event at Sabie Primary School,” said Knoetze. “Sybrand van Niekerk High School held a memorial service for Piet Viljoen, a grade 12 pupil who passed away recently from cancer. We will still be hosting the event at the high school at a later stage. Karnallie Crèche will be holding their event on March 31. We raised an amount of R 720 so far for CANSA.”
Image:Sabie Primary learners with their colourful hair at the CANSA Shavathon held at the school.