Quota helps our lo­cal youth de­velop life skills

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Rhi­anna Bull

LO­CAL youth learned valu­able life skills on Satur­day as part of the Quota Cares Month project.

The project was launched by Quota In­ter­na­tional of Whit­sun­day and aimed to pro­vide per­sonal de­vel­op­ment work­shops to lo­cal school chil­dren and spe­cial needs groups in the com­mu­nity.

The first work­shop tar­geted young women and was de­signed as a pam­per and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment morn­ing.

Health and beauty pro­fes­sion­als Sheree Vanderpoll, Nicky Dyer and Maria Ple­menuk were among those who do­nated their time to treat the young ladies to a per­sonal con­sul­ta­tion on their hair, groom­ing, make-up, health, per­sonal hy­giene and life­styles.

Each par­tic­i­pant en­joyed the in-sa­lon ex­pe­ri­ence of hav­ing their hair washed, style cut and blow-dried be­fore learn­ing about face cleans­ing ex­er­cises, how to ap­ply pro­fes­sional makeup and var­i­ous nail treat­ments.

Some of the young ladies even had their eye­brows waxed for the first time.

Proser­pine State High School nurse and health pro­fes­sional Karen Dachs also dis­trib­uted in­for­ma­tion packs and dis­cussed the im­por­tance of healthy eat­ing and ex­er­cise.

Quota mem­ber Mary Eitler said the work­shop was a mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence for all in­volved.

“We wit­nessed a group of shy girls that ar­rived at 10am blos­som into beau­ti­ful and con­fi­dent young women by the time they left at 1pm,” she said.

The sec­ond work­shop in­vited young men to be men­tored by mem­bers of the Men’s Shed in Cannonvale.

The Men’s Shed mem­bers were keen to share their skills in mo­tor­ing, elec­tron­ics and car­pen­try while staff from the Bendigo Bank pro­vided in­for­ma­tion on bud­get­ing and main­tain­ing per­sonal fi­nances.

Each par­tic­i­pant en­joyed morn­ing tea, a sausage siz­zle and were also pre­sented with small gifts to take home.

Quota trea­surer Jill Farinelli said ev­ery­one came to­gether, ac­cepted each other and formed new friend­ships through­out the day.

NEW LOOK: Si­grid Eitler en­joyed hav­ing her hair styled by Whit­sun­day Hair Stu­dio owner Maria Ple­menuk on Satur­day.

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