Tuks held its annual CANSA Shavathon last week and have raised approximately R10 000.
Students gathered in the Piazza last Thursday to shave or spray-paint their hair in support of cancer.
Claudia Smith, a first-year BSc Biological Sciences student who spray-painted her hair said, “I did it for my mother because she has breast cancer. It is a good cause because we spend a lot of money on her treatment so I know R50 will make a difference to a patient.” “I lost a friend two years ago to cancer so this is in memory of him,” second-year BA own choice student Thabo Mvelase said as he was getting his head shaved.
Shortly after 13:00, TuksFM and Ty’s Nightclub started shooting a Harlem Shake video in the Piazza. They invited students, especially those who contributed to the Shavathon, to join them as they wanted to make the biggest Harlerm Shake video in South Africa.
The first Shavathon in South Africa was held in the Eastern Cape in 2003 to show support for cancer patients who sometimes lose their hair as a result of their treatment. Participants can show their support by donating R50 to shave or colour spray their hair or they can make a donation online.
Miemie du Plessis, the coordinator of Shavathon Pretoria and Centurion, said, “There was so much enthusiasm from students and I would like to thank Tuks for giving us this opportunity.”
Photos: Brad Donald and Reinhard Nell