On Sunday 16th February 2014, BIBA was proud to treat almost one hundred of Victoria’s disadvantaged youths to a special day of hair and beauty pampering at BIBA Academy in Fitzroy.
BIBA founder Pavlos Divitaris with Lyndal Salmon, Natalie Hunter, Kate Neilson and Alex Fevola
BIBA Bright Futures was a day to inspire and encourage young Australian’s in out-of-home care and at risk to feel special and learn some valuable tips for their personal care and success in the future.
X-Factor Australia judge Natalie Bassingthwaighte volunteered her time for the cause and gave every girl a copy of her book Sistahood. Australian actress and singer Tottie Goldsmith and photographer Alex Fevola also mingled with the girls, and BIBA founder Pavlos Divitaris put on a Macedonian barbeque.
“There is such a need to for these young people to gain confidence and key skills,” said Pavlos Divitaris. “All businesses can make a difference and do something to support kids in their local communities. We will be following up with any of the children who are keen to become hairdressers and raising funds to provide them with kits and skills they need to start a career. It’s only a small step but we hope we can help make a difference in these kid’s lives.”
In shocking statistics, around 75% of these children become unemployed and 46% of boys leaving care end up in the juvenile justice system. Children in out-of-home care are 35% more likely to have alcohol problems and 61 times more likely to be imprisoned or on correction orders.
Natalie Bassingthwaighte signing her book at the BIBA Bright Futures event
BIBA Artistic Director Lyndal Salmon organised BIBA stylists to volunteer to run games and activities which included makeup application, door prizes, and career and presentation tips.
“BIBA Academy has such a strong community spirit. The BIBA family and I were so thrilled to open our Fitzroy doors and share with the community our love for the hair industry and also boost morale, self-esteem and generate some massive smiles on the faces of Victoria’s vulnerable and underprivileged youth,” said Lyndal. “All the sponsors, celebrities, staff, students, friends and family that contributed their time and spirit, made this day possible. Sharing, being positive and giving back to others who need support and warmth will never leave you disappointed or second best; guaranteed!”
For more information about BIBA visit www.biba.com.au.