Since its inception in 2008, Australian-based charity Hair Aid have been making real change in poverty stricken communities around the world, by way of recruiting and sending volunteers on a mission to teach those living in critical poverty the skill of hair cutting. This significantly important philanthropic endeavour provides students with life-changing skills to support their families and make a contribution to their communities.
“We have a team of volunteer hairdressers or our ‘Hair Aid Family’ that travel to poverty areas of Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam to work directly with people living on the street, slum communities, or with ladies rescued from the sex trade and prostitution gangs,” said Hair Aid founder, Selina Tomasich.
“All volunteers teach a five day hair cutting course, that gives the skill to cut five basic haircuts. This skill can then be used to start a micro business and create an income to support themselves and their family,” she continued.
Salon furniture giant Comfortel is supporting the initiative by providing Cutting Kits for Hair Aid trainees, which include a pair of scissors, comb and sectioning clips in a handy carry case. The Cutting Kits are a vital part of Hair Aid’s cause and Comfortel’s contribution and support will benefit many in Hair Aid’s plight to fight poverty with practical haircutting skills.
Hair Aid had previously collected and refurbished second hand hairdressing tools from all corners of the world, including donations from Excellent Edges, however this was a huge task that required extensive coordination and resources as the projects grew. With Comfortel’s support, Hair Aid now has enough Cutting Kits to gift until the end of 2020.
“You have no idea how much this filled my heart,” said Selina. “No longer would I spend sleepless nights working out how to find enough tools for the 1500+ trainees Hair Aid trained a year. Without this valuable support our work is limited. Because of this valuable support from Comfortel, our work flourishes,” she concluded.
Lisa Feleppa, Brand Marketing Manager of Comfortel, echoed the sentiment, stating “Since the introduction of the Comfortel Cutting Kits, heart felt stories have emerged which have truly shown us that supporting a great cause can create much needed change. We are honoured to help Hair Aid’s cause of teaching people living in poverty haircutting skills.”
Comfortel joins the ‘Hair Aid Hair-oes’ team, along side Benni Tognini, Tabatha Coffey, Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, Paul Mitchell Schools, DeLorenzo and Excellent Edges, together with their enormous Hair Aid Family who have helped change the lives of people living in poverty; one haircut at a time.
You can support Hair Aid’s initiative by sponsoring a Comfortel Cutting Kit for $50, helping Hair Aid reach their goal of having 300 kits sponsored each year. Hair Aid also offered salons the opportunity to sponsor cutting kits at Hair Expo Australia, where salons were able to write an encouraging message in a card which was added to the kit for the trainees after they completed their five day training.