Eat.Chop.Shop was back in Sydney on Wednesday October 24, offering services for the city’s most vulnerable communities at The Addison Project complex in Kensington. Following the initiative’s successful inaugural event in April, the event hosted 300 people with more than 100 volunteers to offer meals, groceries, clothing, care packs, laundry services, positives connections and, of course, hairdressing, on the day.

With Eastfide FM radio station DJing the event there was a festival atmosphere to the proceedings. The day accomplished a lot, giving out 128 haircuts through the Sustainable Salons pop-up salon, while also servicing 253 grocery shoppers and handing out 360 hot meals all through OzHarvest, delivering 500 personal care packs from Every Little Bit Helps, offering over 40 laundry and shower services through Orangesky and giving 1600 items of clothing through Thread Together.

“Eat.Shop.Chop came to life because we saw an incredible network of organisations all in one place already working to elevate the quality of life for those doing it tough,” said Paul Frasca, co-founder and managing director of Sustainable Salons. “Eat.Shop.Chop simply adds in a spirit of fun and an opportunity for guests to mingle and enjoy a true sense of positive community. Every time you volunteer, you uncover someone’s story and reignite their sense of self-worth. With something as simple as a haircut or a hot meal, you can create a connection that may just be a catalyst for change!”

16 hairdressing volunteers pampered guests at the pop-up salon. Congratulations to Mel Corthine, Sadie Cable, Maddie Seymour and Leanne Kay of Stevie English, Samantha Herring and Lydia Oxley from PALOMA, Susan Port of Salon Renaissance, Susana Montero of La Unica, Rachel Birtwell and Lindy Wilkinson of View Vaucluse, Joanne Cowan from our own INSTYLE Magazine, Gabriele Seidel-Wynne of Nepean TAFE, Kimberly Strickland and Vicky Howard of Unity Hair, Kelly Prestia of TONI&GUY Bondi and Irene Costi of Rapunzels Room for participating in the initiative.

Another important reminder about how much we can accomplish with hairdressing skills and a want to do good. As the event looks forward to plans of becoming a reliable bi-annual event, throw your proverbial hat in the ring next time.

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