Hairdresser comes to aid
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.