150 nights of safe housing for families experiencing homelessness. 53 birthing kits for mothers and newborns in Uganda. 75 days of domestic violence healing for First Nations women. 3000 people provided with clean water in Africa.

You’ve probably never thought about the impact the simple act of getting your hair cut or coloured can have, but one salon in Manly is changing all that.

Salon Purpose in Manly’s Rialto Square is living up to its name -in not only raising money throughout the year, but with their incredible ‘With Love’ campaign, which is happening right now.

The window display at Salon Purpose this year will feature bows to signify the chosen charities.

Salon Purpose is donating $25 from every client who visits the salon over a two-week period to one of four important causes: Safe Housing for Australian families experiencing homelessness, Domestic Violence Healing Workshops for First Nations Women, Education for children in Uganda and Water Well Repairs for remote communities in Uganda.

At Salon Purpose, the core belief is that a business can, and should be, a force for good says Nicki Ranatawake, founder and director of Salon Purpose.

“From the very beginning, we set out to create a salon that not only delivers high-end hair services but also makes a positive impact in the lives of others,” says Nicki. “Our annual ‘With Love’ campaign is a perfect example of our commitment to this belief, it’s an opportunity to support causes that are close to our hearts.”

The Salon Purpose Team.

“Purpose is not just a part of who we are; it’s at the very core of everything we do and every decision we make. It’s what sets us apart: high-end hair with heart.”

The entire team is involved in the selection of the ‘With Love’ chosen charities, voting on which causes feel most meaningful as a salon. There’s no surprise that violence against women is once again a chosen charity.

“As a (currently) all female team, the issue of domestic violence and the impact on women really hits home and is especially close to our hearts. And the stats around this for First Nations Women are even more confronting: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 35 times more likely to be hospitalised due to family violence than other Australian women. These women are twice as likely to die as an outcome of family violence and 5 times more likely to be victims of homicide.

“This was a cause we felt deeply about as a team and it was overwhelmingly evident from our voting process that we wanted to use our platform to raise awareness for and support.”

Raising over $10,000 in just two weeks last year, the salon is on track to raise $12,000 this May.

“We were absolutely blown away by the response from both our clients and the wider community, and the final donation tally,” says Nicki. “Salon Purpose was founded with the desire to give back in a big way, so to hit such a significant giving milestone in only our third year of business and third year of hosting our ‘With Love’ campaign was just incredible! It also gave us a big target to hit and surpass this year!”

Not only can those sitting in the chair choose which of four life-changing causes the salon donate from their service, there’s the added opportunity to double the impact by matching the donation made on their behalf.

Those who want to be involved but can’t make it into the salon, can make a tax deductible donation.

Salon Purpose

Address: 9/11-25 Wentworth St, Manly
Instagram: @salonpurpose

‘With Love’ campaign runs until May 12.
For more: www.salonpurpose.com.au/with-love
To donate: https://app.hubspot.com

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