Creative crew’s green thumbs to benefit Southland families

(From left) Bree Howe, Kerri Penisula-Spain and Abbey Pryde, along with the rest of the team at Halycon Creative, have been propagating and selling plants and donating 100% of the profits to the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Southland Hospital.

AFTER a planned fundraising event was cancelled last year, a local team have got creative to raise funds for families using the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Southland Hospital.

Unlimited was the name of the charitable hair, fashion and art show the hair and makeup artists at Halycon Creative had planned to take place last year, though due to Covid-19 restrictions, the event was postponed and eventually cancelled.

As a way to continue their support for the charity, staff members came up with an initiative where they could collect donations directly from their salon.

Led by team member Bree Howe, they are propagating plants and selling them with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Southland Hospital.

“I had a sibling in the Ronald McDonald house a few years ago, and we [family] spent a lot of time in there,” Ms Howe said.

Other staff members at the salon had also had family members supported by the foundation in the past.

“I think it’s such an important thing, it’s a charity that’s really close to our hearts.”

The team are propagating the plants sustainably, using recycled packaging from the salon’s products including old shampoo and colouring bottles.

Ms Howe said since they began the initiative, propagated plants had been filling the salon – even the community has become involved, donating their own plants to salon staff.

“We’ve been able to donate $310 so far, and since then we’ve made even more than that.”