Salon staffer chops for charity

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Surrenity Hair -Design & Beauty beauty therapist Kloe Milne (left) gives salon assistant Uta Higuchi a makeover while senior stylist Cheyenne Ngatai cuts her hair. PHOTO: LAURA SMITH

ONE team member’s head will be feeling a bit lighter after a fundraiser at Surrenity Hair — Design & Beauty ended with her hair being chopped and donated.

Salon owner Bernie O’Neill said about $1000 had been raised for the Southland Charity Hospital.

The fundraiser was the team’s way of getting involved and helping, she said.

‘‘This is what it is all about — personally, we’ve all lost somebody close to us to some
form of cancer.’’

The money was raised through client’s donations, collections and fundraising haircuts.

‘‘We shouldn’t have to have [the charity hospital] here but it is needed.

‘‘It will be nice for families to not have to travel.’’

The team got together last Friday morning, and salon assistant Uta Higuchi said she was excited about the cut — she preferred her hair to be short.

The hair would be donated and used to make wigs for people experiencing hair loss.

Senior stylist Cheyenne Ngatai chopped Ms Higuchi’s hair, while beauty therapist Kloe
Milne gave her a makeover after the cut.

While the fundraising was initially started as part of the Buy a Brick campaign, which
offered an opportunity for people to buy a brick or plaque to be displayed at the hospital, the team managed to raise more than was hoped and they would be able to buy a plaque.

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