Hey Little Bugs!
On the 30th of August 2018 I volunteered to help the ladies at Support the Girls at one of their events. They were in need of a hairdressers and I had a free day so I could help.
Support The Girls is a registered Charity committed to empowering and supporting homeless and displaced women/girls with bras, sanitary items and give them the opportunity to rise with dignity and respect. It starts with a professionally fitted bra and compassion. Our focus is to help women find their purpose and support them through that journey.
My journey with Support the Girls started when I was tagged on Facebook in one of their posts seeking hairdressers. I was more than happy to help out. So the morning of the 30th arrived and I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready to help those in need.
The morning began with a lovely drive down to Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. On the way to the event I was full of nerves. I had never done anything like this so I was stepping outside of my comfort zone a little bit. However, I was also excited to step out of my comfort zone to help!
And so I arrived at my destination. I walked in and met Jane Holmes, the founder of Support the Girls. Jane and her Director of Events, Leanne, helped me to set up and get ready for the day. All the other volunteers were so wonderful and welcoming, which helped to ease my own nerves a lot.
And then it was time to start. The room had filled with many ladies, all of varying ages and in different stages in their lives. The one thing that bought them together was that they all had been through some hard times and were in need of some support and empowerment!
And so our work began! The other ladies were busy with the bra fittings in over to help perk the ladies up. *pun intended* While they were busy myself and the other hairdresser (sorry I have forgotten her name) were busy giving the ladies a hair make over.
Most of the ladies received basic tidy ups. However, there were two ladies that stood out and I am so glad I was able to help them. One lady has been so busy and focus on putting all of her money toward her children and grandchildren that she hadn't had a haircut in 17 years!!
Yes you read that correctly. 17 years have gone by since this beautiful lady had had the wonderful feeling we all feel after a fresh haircut. As I cut her hair I could see the change in her. She sat up straighter and radiated happiness. The smile on her face and hug I received are more than enough to show how happy she was.
The other lady that stood out to me sat down and confessed that she had only ever been able to afford going to what she felt were "cheap and under-skilled" hairdressers. Looking at her hair I could see exactly what she meant by "under-skilled." After some magic I had her looking and feeling amazing. And again, her smile said it all.
After all the bras were fitted and haircuts were given all the ladies left with new found confidence and smiles. And I left feeling very proud of myself for taking a small amount of time out of my life to help these ladies.
Jane and Leanne gave me hugs and many "thank you's" and I left knowing I had done something good and would be back to help in the future.
Support the Girls is truly an amazing charity and I encourage you to have a look on their website and see if there is anyway you can help. Even if it is just to donate a bra or some sanitary items. Even the small things help.
For more information on Support the Girls: https://www.supportthegirls.com.au/
I cannot wait to help again!
Talk soon Little Bugs,