The 10th annual CANSA Shavathon took place on Saturday, the 2nd of March 2013. I had arranged to meet our friends L, V and Little N at Canal Walk, for moral and emotional support, as we had resolved to have our heads shaved. Flat Kathy was keen to come along too. (She has written about her experience on her blog)
The shavathon is a fundraising event for the Cancer Association of South Africa, at which people can have their heads shaved, or sprayed in colourful vegetable dyes for a donation of R50; if they don’t want to do either of those, but still show their support for CANSA, then they can pay a bail-out fee, also of R50. The event is always held at shopping centres across the countries at the start of March, although businesses can also organise their own shavathons in the week or two leading up to the main event.
Richard and I had our heads shaved during the 2009 Shavathon, as well as during the 2011 Shavathon, but missed last year’s event because we were travelling in America at the time. I was determined not to miss this year too.
After L and I had had our heads shaved, we made our way to the Seattle Coffee Company’s coffee shop inside Exclus1ve Books, for coffee and tea, a muffin and a cupcake. As we were relaxing and chatting, V suddenly declared that he wanted to shave his head too! Much to all our surprise, when Flat Kathy saw how great it looked, and that it didn’t hurt at all, she insisted that she wanted us to cut her hair too.
The poor dear got a bit of a fright, when she saw her reflection in a shop window afterwards. To be honest, I don’t think she had anticipated just how naked she would look without her hair! Oh dear…
She looked so distraught and tearful, that I gave her a biiig hug, reassuring her that she was still Flat Kathy:
“You’ll always be Flat Kathy, with hair, or without it. Who you are on the inside isn’t defined by the length or shape or colour of your hair. It hasn’t changed your personality, or taken away your lovely smile, or the mischievous twinkle in your eyes, or your enthusiasm for exploring the world.”
We were all so relieved when she cheered up again and started to laugh and giggle with Little N once more! I felt sooo proud of her.