Interest grows in project

Dani Haddad and Steven Rasitti (centre) with participants in the EmpowHAIR program Picture: SUPPLIED

A COMMUNITY project by Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort’s Bebe Spa team which began two years ago has drawn keen interest from Sigatoka residents.

The resort’s Cutting Edge project, done in partnership with not-for-profit organisation EmpowHAIR Ministry Charity — involved identifying people who wished to pursue a career in hairdressing but did not have the means to do so.

Charity founder Dani Haddad, an Australian hair stylist and training academy manager, was in Fiji last month to oversee the intensive week-long training for 10 successful applicants. She was accompanied by colleague and industry educator Steven Rasitti.

The 10 applicants received certificates and are now busy practising their new skills in their villages ahead of the final competition on Saturday June 1 when the winners will be announced at a special awards night.

The competition winner will receive a free scholarship to study an eight to 10 month Diploma in Hair Dressing course with Pivot Point Fiji while the second and third placegetters will receive a Certificate in Men’s Barbering.

Ms Haddad said she was proud to be behind a project that provided a great opportunity for the winners to find rewarding, long-term employment in the beauty industry in Fiji.

“The Pivot Point Diploma in Hairdressing course teaches salon fundamentals, men’s barbering and ladies’ sculpture, hair design and colour, providing all the skills for a gratifying career,” she said.

Outrigger Fiji resort manager Russell Blaik said the partnership, now in its second year, was an example of how guests could find creative ways to give back to Fiji.

“Dani had been coming to the resort for holidays for a few years when she floated the idea of a joint project with the previous general manager,” she said.

“We think it’s a win-win situation for all involved and are grateful to be working with EmpowHAIR,” he said.

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