Nelson and Richmond hairdressers are using their cutting skills to raise money for a charity set up by Nelson woman Emily Sanson-Rejouis' Kenbe La Foundation to help disadvantaged children in Haiti.
"Haircuts for Humanity" is the idea of Nelson hair stylist Fox Stevens, a friend of Mrs Sanson-Rejouis, who wanted to do something to help.
The idea behind the fundraiser is that the cost of a haircut ($60 to $100 depending on the salon) is donated to the foundation, which Mrs Sanson-Rejouis set up after her husband, Emmanuel, and daughters, Kofie-Jade, 5, and Zenzie, 3, were killed in the Haiti earthquake this year. Mrs Sanson-Rejouis rescued her youngest daughter, Alyahna.
Ms Stevens said so far several Nelson salons have agreed to take part in Haircuts for Humanity, with proceeds from cuts at Nelson salon Solo from 8am to 1pm last Saturday going towards the foundation.
Sarah King, of Nelson, was more than happy to get her hair cut for the project on Saturday.
"I think it's a great cause."
Nelson salon Aboki is taking part on Sunday from 10am to 2pm, and Nelson business Janine Jansen has seven sessions available for clients to book a cut, colour and blow wave plus two free products for $160 next Monday.
Richmond salon Ruby Tuesdays and Ursula Harris of Nelson, also plan to take part one day later this month, she said.
Mrs Stevens said with all the money from the cuts going straight to the foundation it was an effective way to raise funds.
She said she would love to invite any salons to take part in the project and hoped that other salons around the country might take part.
She also wants to raise awareness of Purple Cake Day, which is to be Kenbe La Foundation's flagship event.
The aim behind the day, which will be held annually on March 1, is to inspire New Zealand children to take action on behalf of all disadvantaged children.
Fundraising will be based around making and selling purple cupcakes. Mrs Sanson-Rejouis was inspired by the spirit of her daughters when she came up with the idea. Kofie was compassionate for children less fortunate than her and Zenzie, who was to turn four a week after the earthquake struck, wanted not one, but two purple cakes for her birthday.Salons interested in participating in Haircuts for Humanity should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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