Com­mu­nity makeover for Lena

Kapiti News - - News - Ros­alie Willis

In­tro­duc­ing Leana Sid­ney, a shy young woman who has had many chal­lenges in her 23 years.

Leana stood out as the per­fect per­son to re­ceive a free com­mu­nity makeover from Ka¯ piti busi­ness women who have used their ser­vices to give back.

She was nom­i­nated by her mother-in-law who said she wouldn't haven known what to do with­out Leana’s sup­port over the years.

Or­gan­ised by Re­nee McNeil Sa­lon Con­sul­tant, it is Re­nee’s first time or­gan­is­ing the com­mu­nity makeover af­ter an eight-year ab­sence.

“Women in busi­ness has grown hugely in our town in re­cent years.

“It is re­ally pow­er­ful, which has helped as I now have the sup­port of lo­cal busi­nesses.

“I just wanted to give back to women who are hav­ing strug­gles in their lives.

Hair cut and dyed, makeup done, dressed by Para­pa­raumu’s new­est bou­tique along with shoes, flow­ers and a pho­to­shoot fol­lowed by a cel­e­bra­tion at

Tu­atara, the makeover is a day of pam­per­ing for a de­serv­ing per­son.

“Leana stood out above the other ladies who were nom­i­nated as she has had a lot of grief for her young age but has car­ried on and been the glue for ev­ery­one around her dur­ing hard times.

“She has come from a hard back­ground and is just a beau­ti­ful per­son,”Re­nee said.

“Shar­ing her story with the other ladies at the makeover, ev­ery­one in the room was in tears.

“With a dream of be­ing a so­cial worker, Leana dreams of help­ing other peo­ple.”

Part of the rea­son for the makeover is to let oth­ers know that there is hope out there, with Re­nee plan­ning to make it hap­pen twice a year and the next one pen­cilled in for April next year.

“We need to spread the word that there are oth­ers in the com­mu­nity who want to up­lift each other and cel­e­brate their brav­ery and their ded­i­cated giv­ing na­ture to oth­ers.

“We need to spread the word and this is how you raise the vibe, by let­ting oth­ers know there is hope out there.”

When she first found out she had been cho­sen for the makeover Leana tried to con­vince Re­nee to give it to some­one else, but af­ter talk­ing it through to­gether Leana ac­cepted it.

“She even­tu­ally ac­cepted it, which was hard, but she thanked me on the day and said she would have re­gret­ted not do­ing it.

“It was amaz­ing,” Re­nee said. “She looked in­cred­i­ble.”

“I felt ner­vous, anx­ious and ex­cited all in one,” Leana said. “This is the first time in my life hav­ing done some­thing like this.

“My thoughts were all over the place be­fore com­ing into the sa­lon but my first thought was of ‘my God the day is ac­tu­ally here’. Re­nee and the girls made me feel so at ease they were so wel­com­ing. I just felt so com­fort­able and re­laxed.

“I am feel­ing so very blessed to have had this amaz­ing, won­der­ful day.

“I am truly so grate­ful for this op­por­tu­nity.

“I feel I have gained con­fi­dence from this and for that I am so grate­ful.”

The makeover was pos­si­ble thanks to Kayla Stephanie Beauty, Heather Posy Bloom Florist, De­jane from VIVIERS pho­tog­ra­phy, Jes­sica at BE U Cloth­ing & Shoes and Bev from Tu­atara Brew­ery.

Be­fore and...


Leana Sid­ney, mid­dle left and Renne McNeil, mid­dle right, with the makeover team.

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