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