Hair­dresser comes to aid

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Hor­sham hair­dresser Andrea Pope is plan­ning a trip of a life­time to the Philip­pines to teach some of the coun­try’s poor­est res­i­dents how to be self-suf­fi­cient.

Ms Pope, who owns Hair Event in Hor­sham Plaza, has teamed with Hair Aid, a not­for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that aims to alle­vi­ate un­em­ploy­ment for peo­ple liv­ing in ex­treme poverty.

Hair Aid vol­un­teers work with the poor­est com­mu­nity mem­bers, pri­mar­ily in slums in Manilla, to teach them liveli­hood skills so they can earn money to feed, clothe and house them­selves and their chil­dren.

A team of Hair Aid par­tic­i­pants will of­fer a free five­day ‘Liveli­hood Em­pow­er­ment Pro­gram’ based around learn­ing hair-cut­ting skills.

The pro­gram in­volves post-project sup­port and hair-cut­ting re­sources such as scis­sors, combs, capes and other gen­eral hair-cut­ting tools.

Par­tic­i­pants can earn money im­me­di­ately af­ter com­plet­ing the five-day train­ing pro­gram.

Ms Pope said as the say­ing goes, ‘teach a man to fish and you feed him for a life­time’.

“Let’s go teach peo­ple to fish us­ing their scis­sors and combs,” she said.

“It will be an ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time and I am sure I will get just as much from par­tic­i­pat­ing as the stu­dents.”

Ms Pope is run­ning a raf­fle at Hair Event to raise money for the pro­gram.

Tick­ets cost $2 and the win­ner will re­ceive a $500 hair-care pack­age.

Ms Pope also plans to run a movie night fundraiser.

Hair Aid has evolved since its in­cep­tion in 2010 and has also in­tro­duced knife, scis­sor and tool-sharp­en­ing train­ing as well as pro­vid­ing re­sumes for par­tic­i­pants to help es­tab­lish them­selves ready for work.

Ms Pope will travel to the Philip­pines in Jan­uary.

Peo­ple can visit www.hairaid. org.au.

EM­POW­ER­ING: Hair Event’s Andrea Pope will help teach hair-cut­ting skills to some of Manilla’s poor­est res­i­dents to im­prove their self-suf­fi­ciency.

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