Umhlanga event raises funds for cancer patients

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The Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) has hosted its annual Cansa Shavathon at a shopping mall in Umhlanga, north of Durban.

The initiative raises funds for cancer patient care and support programmes through shaving or spraying people’s hair for just R50.

People can also donate hair which is used to make wigs for those experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy treatment.

The organisers say the Shavathon helps educate people about cancer.

Spokesperson Nadia Baderoon-Ball says it will also give people the opportunity to do cancer screenings at an affordable price.

“We have a research facility in Cape Town, part of the money goes to the research facility to continue finding out more about cancer and what we can do to help people. Part of it goes to screenings where we have people coming to our clinics in Durban and we can charge the lower rates. You can [have] a breast examination for free. Give people an opportunity to find out sooner so if they need treatment it’s available to them,” adds Baderoon-Ball.