Stylists use skills to fund Food for Families

Charity gets a boost from bargain haircuts

Last updated 09:44 25/08/2014
Ursula Wallace
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A CUT ABOVE: Ursula Wallace cuts Lachlan Murray's hair as part of a fundraiser for Food for Families.

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A novel fundraising initiative attracted queues to central Nelson for bargain haircuts by award-winning stylists.

Ursula Harris Hair Design ran a cheap haircut day on Saturday in Bridge St to fundraise for the Nelson volunteer organisation, Food for Families

Hazel Trethowen, from Ursula Harris Hair Design, helped to organise the day.

"We wanted to fund a charity we could put all our energy into rather than doing bits here and there," she said.

Salon owner Ursula Wallace suggested Food for Families as her sister's husband is involved with the organisation.

The salon team decided it was a fantastic choice.

"It's really local, it's really a much needed cause and we just brainstormed on what we could do," said Trethowen.

The hairdressers volunteered at dinners and took donations in the salon, but then thought of using their skills to raise money.

They chose an area on Bridge St as it was open and public so people could stop on their way past.

Eight stylists worked staggered shifts and there was a queue of men, women, and kids from the start of the day.

"It's been amazing," Trethowen said.

"I didn't realise it was going to be so busy."

Tressa Neligan took up the "fantastic" opportunity.

"I saw it in the Leader and I thought, ‘Oh, whoa a chance to have a hair cut by Ursula's... and it's such a good cause."

She was blown away with her new look, saying it "feels amazing" and she felt like "a princess".

The money raised will go towards Food for Families buying a mobile kitchen.

The salon plans to continue supporting the organisation.

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- The Nelson Mail

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