Salon charity drive trades style for jars

PEANUT POWER: Images 1 Hair Academy students, from left, Cara Smith, Tayla Morris, Danielle de Lange, Teniel Welgemoed and, front, Mariska Muller, collected almost 300 jars of peanut butter. Picture by: Mike Holmes
PEANUT POWER: Images 1 Hair Academy students, from left, Cara Smith, Tayla Morris, Danielle de Lange, Teniel Welgemoed and, front, Mariska Muller, collected almost 300 jars of peanut butter. Picture by: Mike Holmes

WHAT do you get when you swop a jar of peanut butter for a hair do? The answer is not a hair style that sticks to the roof of your mouth but enough protein power to spread 8 000 sandwiches for needy children.

Port Elizabeth training salon Images 1 Hair Academy decided to support Love Story, which provides sandwiches to 1 000 Bay children each week, making sure that they do not study on an empty stomach.

To do this, academy directors Marietta Millard and Anny Britz offered customers of their new students an innovative way to pay: they gave them the opportunity to pop in for a blow dry and pay with a jar of peanut butter.

“The original goal we set ourselves was to raise 100 jars of peanut butter over the 3-week period; within one week we had made our target,” Britz said.

The academy launched the initiative on February 18 and finished it last Friday, March 13.

“The students worked very hard and when the promotion closed we did the official count and we had raised 297 jars of peanut butter. That is roughly enough for about 8 000 sandwiches, which will help Love story tremendously.”

Britz and Millard said they were “extremely happy” with the drive’s success and are already planning the next charity initiative.

  • Further information on Love Story from: www.lovestory.org.za

-La Femme Reporter 

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