Pizza and pol­ish

Don­nini’s holds nail paint­ing event to raise aware­ness for child abuse and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

The Packet (Clarenville) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS THE PACKET CLARENVILLE, N.L. jonathan.par­sons@thep­acket.ca Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

While Don­nini’s is a pop­u­lar pizze­ria in Clarenville, on Sun­day af­ter­noon it looked just as much like a nail sa­lon with cus­tomers each get­ting one nail painted — the rea­son, how­ever, was for a very good cause.

Owner Shawn Hart told The Packet the idea sprung from re­cent news events in which he heard of hor­ri­ble sex­ual abuse of a young girl.

“You nor­mally hear lots of dif­fer­ent things and you say, ‘Isn’t that sad, isn’t that ter­ri­ble?’ and you go on with your day,” said Hart. “This time I said I couldn’t do it, I’ve got to do at least my part to bring aware­ness to it.”

He’d heard of the #Pol­ishedMan cam­paign which raises aware­ness for child abuse. Hart wanted to start some­thing sim­i­lar to raise aware­ness and funds in New­found­land and Labrador. The #Pol­ishedMan slo­gan is “Nail it to end it.”

Hart says the one nail painted rep­re­sents one in ev­ery five girls who are phys­i­cally or sex­u­ally abused be­fore they’re 18 years old.

“I thought it was a great way to (rec­og­nize it). A big burly man with a nail pol­ished, peo­ple are ob­vi­ously go­ing to ask ques­tions what it’s for.”

He started do­ing it him­self and once it started gain­ing steam he planned the event at the pizza shop.

Dur­ing Oc­to­ber, Hart had pledged to do­nate $1 to the Iris Kirby House shel­ter for abused women and their chil­dren for ev­ery pizza slice he sold to some­one wear­ing a sin­gle painted nail. He says, for the rest of 2017, if a man comes in and buys a slice he’ll con­tinue to do­nate a dol­lar.

Hart is look­ing to make the ini­tia­tive an an­nual event and hopes for the sin­gle painted nail to be as rec­og­niz­able as those who grow a mous­tache to sup­port prostate can­cer re­search and pa­tients in Novem­ber.

“I’d love to go out ev­ery day and see a guy with one nail pol­ished.”

He adds, if more peo­ple are aware about the con­ver­sa­tion, then per­haps it would dis­suade peo­ple from even think­ing about abuse.

JONATHAN PAR­SONS PHO­TOS

Sa­man­tha Avery of Hill Top nail de­sign and Shawn Hart of Don­nini’s at a re­cent event. Avery do­nated her paint­ing ser­vices, while Shop­per’s Drug Mart was kind enough to throw in some nail pol­ish as well. Avery also raised money with a mani-pedi gift cer­tifi­cate for the cause.

Ge­or­gia also got her nail painted. For more pho­tos, go on­line at www.thep­acket.ca.

Anna Byrne paints her dad, Ed’s, nail.

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