Close shave for Cansa

IT’S TIME to make the cut for the 15th annual Cansa Shavathon taking place at various venues around the city this weekend, including the Beacon Bay Country Club, tomorrow evening, starting at 5pm.

SHAVATHON SUPPORT: John Heath shows his support for Cansa at the Beacon Bay Country Club’s Cansa Shavathon last year in 2017

“The purpose of the Shavathon is to create awareness for people with cancer. All the funds raised at the Shavathon through cuts, sprays and our raffles goes towards Cansa East London,” said Beacon Bay Country Club Shavathon convenor Karen Radloff.

The annual event is a nationwide awareness campaign taking place in malls and workplaces throughout the country.Supporters can aid their local Cansa associations by donating a set fee of R50 (adults) and R25 (kids under 12 years old).

They will then be able to have their hair shaved off or spray-painted with brightly coloured hair sprays.Starting out 10 years ago, the Beacon Bay Country Club have since hosted their own Shavathon event, attracting more than 300 people in the past.

The Beacon Bay Country Club has raised between R250000 to R300000 for Cansa since then.

“We’re really hoping to get more supporters this year. The event is all about creating awareness and showing support for those affected by cancer, but we also try to have some fun and celebrate the people while doing so,” said Radloff.

Music, food, drinks, kiddies activities and raffles with lovely prizes will be the order of the day, adding to the Shavathon’s already very colourful spectacle.

Other venues in East London include Hemingways Mall, Vincent Park, as well as Hair by Hannah at Kings Mall in Gonubie.

The Cansa Shavathon at malls and other venues around the city will take place on Saturday starting from 9am.

For more information or to find a host venue near you, please visit the Cansa Shavathon website at