A simple gesture can make a real difference

CLIENTS from Doorways Moonah and The Bridge Centre received a simple but powerful gift when they were treated to a free haircut and style as part of the Salvation Army’s Hair Day.

Held at the Salvation Army Corps on Tuesday 3 November, Just Cuts Glenorchy hairdresser Tracy Duggan volunteered three hours of her time and expertise to the cause, as well as a selection of pamper packs for the participants to take home.

Salvation Army community development representative Sarah Davidson said a haircut was often a luxury few clients could afford.

She said the idea for the event came to her after reading an article about a similar project held in Western Australia named ‘Short, Back and Sidewalks’.

“Local barbers provided haircuts for people living on the streets and I thought it was a great initiative,” she said.

“We also have clients who visit The Salvation Army Corps in Moonah on a regular basis, so I thought giving them something practical would be a great help to them.”

Over the course of the three hours, nine people took up the opportunity to have their “locks” and beards styled.

Ms Davidson said that although the event was a simple idea, it made a “real difference.”

“For those who can’t afford a haircut – approximately $30 – it provides a boost of confidence and the belief that others are willing to go out of their way to help them,” she said,

“For those providing the service, it’s a chance to give back in a simple yet thoughtful way.

“The event was better than expected and all the participants were very happy – one participant was so chuffed he said it was the best haircut he had ever had.”

Ms Davidson said based on the event’s success, she planned to organise similar events in the future.

“There are so many opportunities to support others with this simple act of kindness,” she said.

“Sometimes paying-if-forward isn’t always about giving money, but is instead about giving a bit of time and experience.”

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