AS the need for support for those in need continues to grow in the region, Southland woman Melissa Aitken is doing her bit.
She is organising the ninth Free Haircuts and Other Services for Those in Need event in Invercargill next weekend, and is putting the call out to the community to help.
The event, held twice a year, provided people in need with a range of free services, including haircuts and health checks.
Invitations were provided to support agencies, organisations and groups in Invercargill to pass on to their clients who would benefit from the event.
Ms Aitken said if people had not received an invitation and were in need, she encouraged them to contact her to request an invitation.
“If you struggle to afford services such as haircuts, you are welcome to attend.
“Everyone there is there for the same reason, so don’t feel too embarrassed to come.”
In attendance at this year’s community event would be hairdressers and barbers, massage therapists, beauty therapists, manicurists, and a physiotherapist.
There would also be professionals offering dental advice, nurses doing blood pressure checks, as well as entertainment from the James Hargest College kapa haka group, several ukulele performances, a sausage sizzle and more.
Ms Aitken said the event had developed into an occasion, providing an opportunity to treat the people they were supporting.
In order for the event to be a success, Ms Aitken was calling on the kindness and generosity of Southlanders to support it.
Four more hairdressers and several more volunteers were needed to help out on the day, she said.
She was also seeking someone with a van who was prepared to donate their time and vehicle to transport people to and from the event.
Ms Aitken said they would also appreciate donations of non-perishable food items for take-home grocery bags, nappies, sanitary products, toiletries and good quality pre-loved clothing and shoes.
Donations need to be dropped off to the Southland Express office, 5 The Crescent, Invercargill, before noon on Friday, February 14.
Anyone who did not have transportation and needed a ride to and from the event, could phone 275 333 600 by Friday, February 14 and a ride would be organised for them, she said.
Free Haircuts and Other Services for Those in Need, Aurora College, Invercargill, Sunday, February 16. For more information go to Free Haircuts/Services for Southlanders in Need Facebook page or phone Melissa on 0275 333 600.