FESTIVAL Mall will participate in Cansa’s annual Shavathon on February 24 where funds will be raised for cancer sufferers and survivors.
Participants will not only be shaving and spraying their heads showing a symbolic gesture, they will also help to ease the strain experienced by patients who lose their hair while undergoing treatment.
As part of the 2018 campaign, people who shave and spray can buy a special limited edition Shavathon badge at R5 to show how they have supported the cause. A specially designed limited badge will be available for free to those donating ponytails of hair of 25cm or longer.
Maria Scholtz, Cansa’s head of sustainability, said: “If your workplace, school or organisation would like to organise a shavathon, register with us on shavathon.org.za.
“We also provide educational material with information on how to lower the cancer risk and help provide access to early detection of cancer.
“Our Cansa care centres offer support in many forms to cancer patients, their families and anyone who wants to know more about the disease,” Scholtz added.
Scholtz said all funds raised help Cansa to continue delivering care and support programmes.
A recent study published by medical journal Lancet predicts that South Africa could see an increase of 78 per cent of cancer cases by 2030 (Health24, March 30, 2017).
The shavathon at Festival Mall will be in the food court next to Wimpy.