Barberton shaves and sprays for CANSA

Vicky Pulvenis and Dawn Kritzinger.

CANSA in Barberton recently started visiting schools, businesses and mines for their annual Shavathon.

It held a corporate day at Victorian Tea Garden on Friday, and Saturday they went to Jock of the Bushveld Centre.CANSA is a non-profit organisation that helps fight cancer and offers support to those suffering from this illness.

The community participated by spraying or shaving their hair. Some locals grew their hair just to donate it at this year’s Shavathon.

Lizka Bosua, a pupil from Hoërskool Barberton, started growing her hair last year for this worthy cause.

“I saw the need to make a difference by cutting some of my hair for those who need it, since I know it does not cost me anything and it will grow back. My cousin and aunt donated theirs too. They were also my inspiration.”

Joea Stoop also believes her family influenced her to show support in this way. “My loved ones inspire me to do this every year, and I do it because I know it makes a difference to those suffering with cancer.”

James and his mother, Elsabe Reyneke, donated their hair at Greenstone Market on Saturday. James started growing his hair in 2014 so he could donate it to CANSA. Bianca de Beer also made a contribution, donating her precious locks.

According to Christille Strauss from the local branch of CANSA, school Shavathons cost R10 per head.

“We decided on this price when we realised that there often is more than one child from a family in a school.

“We decided on this amount so that all of them have the opportunity to support CANSA.”

The hair is used to make wigs for cancer patients who have lost theirs.

Shaving or spraying one’s head has become a symbolic gesture of support for cancer survivors.


Bridget Mpande

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