Cut­ting for a world record

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Lacee Froeschl [email protected]­news.com.au

Hair Aid Global Cut-a-thon rais­ing money for char­ity:

COM­MU­NI­TIES across the globe have be­come part of a cut­ting edge world record at­tempt to raise the most money for char­ity through hair cuts in 24 hours.

More than 100 hair sa­lons around the world have signed up for the Hair Aid Global Cut-A-Thon to at­tempt to break a Guin­ness World Record that was set in 2013.

The pre­vi­ous record raised $76,569.15 USD.

Hair Aid Founder Selina To­ma­sich said the global cut-a-thon gath­ered the pas­sions of hair­dressers to raise money to sup­port the work of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, which was founded six years ago.

“The hair and beauty in­dus­try are a re­ally pas­sion­ate in­dus­try, they’re used to touch­ing peo­ple emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally ev­ery day,” she said.

“This is an­other way they can use their skills to give back and show they care.”

The not-for-profit sends vol­un­teer hair­dressers to over­seas lo­ca­tions to pro­vide peo­ple liv­ing in crit­i­cal poverty with free hair-cut­ting train­ing.

“Our teams work directly with peo­ple liv­ing on the streets,” Selina said.

They now have seven in­ter­na­tional projects a year that send more than 20 volunteers over­seas.

Selina said the cut-a-thon had been hap­pen­ing in Queens­land for the past four years. Ex­pand­ing glob­ally was to open that chance to in­ter­na­tional sa­lons.

“We’ve cre­ated this op­por­tu­nity to help the vul­ner­a­ble and spread the mes­sage of Hair Aid to more peo­ple,” she said.

Hair Aid cur­rently runs seven in­ter­na­tional projects each year in the Philip­pines, Thai­land, In­done­sia and Cam­bo­dia.

Selina said they had great hopes they would be the new world-record hold­ers, but still en­cour­aged more sa­lons and in­di­vid­ual hair­dressers to take on the chal­lenge.

The global cut-a-thon will start at 8am on May 26, where par­tic­i­pat­ing hair­dressers will have 24 hours to raise as much money as they can.

To reg­is­ter visit https://hairaid.org.au/pages /global-cu­tathon.

❝ This is an­other way they can use their skills to give back...

— Selina To­ma­sich

PHOTO: LACEE FROESCHL

A CUT ABOVE: Hair Aid founder Selina To­ma­sich has chal­lenged the Global Hair Aid Cut-a-thon to raise the most money for char­ity through hair cuts in 24 hours.

PHOTO: LACEE FROESCHL

CUT­TING EDGE: Hair Aid founder Selina To­ma­sich will take part in the first ever global cut-a-thon Guin­ness World Record at­tempt.

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