Teachers, pupils support cancer awareness drive

Teacher Moira September, front left, pins a pink ribbon to raise awareness about cancer on pupil Eson Sele. Left from her, are teachers June Pieters, Jerusha Lewis, pupils Zeenith Cookson, Tatum Marchant, Zita Bailey and Robin Lee Lewin.

Pupils and teachers had their hair sprayed in honour of cancer awareness at Littlewood Primary School, in Eastridge, on Friday February 28.

They kick-started the Cancer Association of South Africa’s (CANSA) annual shavathon, a campaign to help show solidarity with those affected by cancer.

Losing one’s hair is a common side-effect of cancer therapy – so shaving your head has become a symbolic gesture of support for cancer survivors.

Colouring one’s hair or paying a bail-out fee are also options for those who prefer not to shave or who cannot shave on the day.

The campaign officially started on Saturday February 29 and runs until Friday March 6. It is also a fun way to raise funds for Cansa, by getting participants to pay for their choice of shave or spray.

Teacher Bonita Samaai, who had breast cancer about 16 years ago, along with teacher Ian Rutgers is excited to be participating in the Cansa Relay for Life in Mitchell’s Plain.

The annual event takes place at Westridge High School from 6pm on Friday March 6 until 6am Saturday March 7.

Teams of 10 to 15 people will spend up to 12 hours walking or running around a track, in celebration of cancer survival. For more information about the relay, call chairperson Saadiqa Abrahams at 061 494 1413 or email saadiqaabrahams04@gmail.com