Free hair­cuts, ser­vices re­turn

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - JOANNA GRIF­FITHS

Melissa Aitken doesn’t want any fam­ily in South­land to go with­out in 2017.

She is call­ing for busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als to do­nate ser­vices for an event to help South­landers in need.

The event, called Hair­cuts and Other Ser­vices For Those in Need, will run at Fern­worth Pri­mary School hall at 1pm to 4pm on Sun­day, Jan­uary 29.

This is the third time the event will be hosted in South­land, af­ter it was held twice in 2016.

Aitken, the or­gan­iser, said she hoped the event would be­come a per­ma­nent bian­nual event.

‘‘It can’t stop now.’’

When the event started in Jan­uary last year, about 150 peo­ple in need showed up.

‘‘That num­ber has dou­bled. We are now ex­pect­ing about 400 peo­ple.’’

Aitken is mak­ing a pub­lic ap­peal for hair­dressers, mas­sage ther­a­pists and other busi­nesses or in­di­vid­u­als to do­nate their skills and ser­vices on the day.

‘‘There are a lot of peo­ple in South­land that ben­e­fit from this event and need our help.’’

Theyneed 10 more hair­dressers to put their names down for the event to be able to man­age the de­mand for ser­vices on the day.

The event isn’t just about hair­cuts, Aitken said.

‘‘Any ser­vices peo­ple can do­nate are ap­pre­ci­ated – from nurses, den­tists to beauty ther­a­pists.

‘‘Last year we had high school stu­dents do­ing peo­ple’s nails. It was great.’’

There were some fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als that re­lied on ser­vices of­fered at the event, Aitken said.

‘‘You hear some peo­ple’s sto­ries and you just know there is a need for this event.

‘‘Last time we had peo­ple turn up who hadn’t had a hair­cut in more than seven years. We had par­ents and grand­par­ents that were go­ing with­out ba­sic things so their chil­dren or grand­chil­dren didn’t miss out.’’

Aitken is also col­lect­ing food, clothes and non-per­ish­able items to give out on the day.

On the top of the pri­or­ity list are san­i­tary prod­ucts, tooth­paste, de­odor­ant, lice treat­ments and clothes.

‘‘Any­thing peo­ple can spare will help.’’

If you or your busi­ness have ser­vices or goods to do­nate to Hair­cuts and Other Ser­vices For Those in Need, call Melissa Aitken on 0275333600.


Hair­dresser Ja­son Gerkin cuts peo­ple’s hair for free last year with the help of Jack­ieey Gerkin.

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