Francois Marais, Commercii chairperson, told Perdeby that social media platforms are the best way to get through to students and make them aware of the Cansa cause.

Francina Dzumba, a second-year BAdmin International Relations student and Shavathon volunteer, said, “We live in a society where there’s a lot of stereotype against people with cancer and the Shavathon initiative is a great platform to create awareness for people with cancer. The university should hold regular seminars, organise trips to [visit] cancer patients and hold donation campaigns to help the cause.”

Many students who participated in the Shavathon said that they think it is a great initiative. Third-year BCom Law student Louis van Wyk said, “I feel like it creates awareness about cancer and also that you are able to survive cancer. Not everyone can afford the treatment so these outreaches raise funds to help them afford the treatment.”

Students who were unable to participate in last week’s Shavathon at UP can attend the Shavathon taking place at Unisa on 4 April from 16:00-19:00.

Photo: Eddie Mafa

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