CANSA Shavathon at Brightwater Commons Goes to the Community’s Heads

Brightwater Commons to use online platform to help drive pledges

Online PR News – 02-March-2012 – – The CANSA Shavathon will be taking place on Saturday the 3rd of March 2012 for yet another year at the Brightwater Commons in Randburg. Round up your family and friends for a fun day out and a change of hairstyle, all in the name of a good cause. The event is open from 09h00 – 15h00, so be sure to get there in time.

This is The Cancer Association of South Africa’s (CANSA) 9th annual Shavathon, which will be taking place across more than 200 shopping centres and 300 places of work nationwide.

Those wishing to participate in the Shavathon at Brightwater Commons’ Promotions Court can choose to have their hair shaved or sprayed with washable colour for a donation of R50 for adults and R25 for children under 12. To make things even more exciting this year, get a star, butterfly or soccer ball (to name just a few) sprayed onto your head. For those making their donations online, remember to bring through the confirmation email as proof to avoid disappointment.

The CANSA Shavathon was started due to the fact that the most visible and common side-effect of cancer therapy is the loss of hair. Shaving or colouring one’s hair is a gesture of support for cancer survivors.

“The Brightwater Commons is honoured to be a part of such a fun and giving event. The centre has proved to be one of the Shavathon’s most popular Gauteng venues over the years with a significant amount raised last year. We hope to make this year an even bigger success”, says Francois du Buisson, Marketing Manager of the Brightwater Commons.

Brightwater Commons is encouraging members of the community to pledge their support for the CANSA Shavathon online by asking people to place a status update on their Facebook profiles. Go to the Brightwater Commons Facebook page ( and take the pledge to show that you care and help raise awareness for this worthwhile event. All proceeds from the Shavathon goes towards CANSA.

You can also choose donate your ponytail. Your hair must be 22cm or longer clean and dry as well as be free of all permanent colour, bleach or other chemical treatments.

“CANSA Shavathon is one of the country's most compelling public events where everyone from different communities and settings can take part. We look forward to the South African community warmly embracing this event in 2012 – it’s a highly symbolic way of showing their support for cancer survivors,” says CANSA’s Chief Business Development Officer, Rachel Wall.

If you are an eager beaver wanting to help, here’s what you can do. Bring everyone you know through to the Brightwater Commons and make the donation of R50 (children under 12 pay R25) to go bare or get coloured. Should you wish to be an even bigger part of the CANSA Shavathon by volunteering, you can visit the website

For more information, please contact The Brightwater Commons on 011 789 5052 or visit and find them on Facebook.