On 29 March, 2013, the second annual Tattoo-a-thon will be launched in Gauteng and Durban to run concurrently with the Cape Town event, with the aim of raising R500 000 for CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA.
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA is a nationwide organisation that provides holistic support for children suffering from cancer and life-threatening blood disorders. Along with the top tattoo studios in Cape Town, Joburg and Durban, the Tattoo-a-thon plans to raise the proceeds by generating a record 1000 tattoos in one day.
According to Jordan Gray, event co-ordinator of the Tattoo-a-thon, this event will draw a diverse group of South Africans together, all eager to assist CHOC by getting tattooed by South Africa's most talented artists.
The CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA was established in 1979 by a parent group in Joburg. Gray said that the organisation does not receive funding from the government and relies heavily on donations from caring corporates, individuals and parents of children with cancer. "Donations and fundraising projects like the Tattoo-a-thon are, therefore, the lifeblood of the organisation," said Gray.
The Tattoo-a-thon will feature the tattoo wizardry of studios such as Wildfire Tattoos, Sins of Style, Metal Machine, and Fallen Heroes and will take place on 29 March across Cape Town, Joburg and Durban, at the premises of the studios involved. Manuela Gray, co-founder and owner of Wildfire Tattoos in Long Street, explained that all tattoos are a set size and will cost only R700. Participants can book their tattoo directly with the tattoo studio and can go to www.tattooathon.co.za to choose an artist of their choice.
"With fundraising at the core of this project, this event aims to uplift CHOC. It is hard proof that the tattoo community cares," concluded Gray.
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