A four-day fundraising event launched by a few Fort Saskatchewan hair salons has brought in over $18,000.
Simply Stunning Hair and Makeup, Mantra Salon and Spa, and the Retreat Salon and Spa each held day-long cut-a-thons last week to raise money for the Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society (FSFFS). The three days of haircutting wrapped up on Saturday (May 26) with a pub night at the Bear's Den.
FSFFS will be using the money to start a fund to support domestic abuse victims.
Retreat owner Alan Skoreyko and fellow salon owners -- Colinne Stroud with Mantra and Lisa Crawford from Simply Stunning -- started planning the fundraiser after realizing there aren't enough resources available in the community for domestic abuse victims needing financial help.
“So we decided that there needed to be funding and the way to do that was going to be for us to raise the money,” he said.
Employees at all three salons have taken training with the Cut it Out program, a nationwide initiative that teaches salon professionals how to recognize signs of domestic abuse.
Skoreyko, who hopes to see domestic violence someday eradicated from the city, said he is grateful for the community’s support.
“A huge thank you to everyone who did contribute to this very worthy cause. We're excited about having the opportunity to hopefully help some people out that weren't able to get help before,” he said.