Bec, our salon owner, will be taking her skills to a remote village in the Philippines, to teach over 30 women how to cut and care for their families hair. Now you might be thinking ‘How did this trip happen and why the Philippines?’
Bec has had a long-lasting connection with the Philippines ever since her Aunty and Uncle adopted their son from there thirteen years ago. John Paul was in an orphanage in the Philippines until his Mum and Dad collected him at the age of four. Bec’s Aunty Jenny has been taking people over to the Philippines for many years to help out in the community, to run children’s programs and much more.
Back in September of last year Bec was sitting around the coffee table talking with her extended family and Aunty Jenny posed the question,” Bec how would you feel about coming to the Philippines next year?” Straight away Bec’s response, “YES I’d love to go!” For Bec it was an opportunity that she wasn’t going to pass up. A now or never moment- she didn’t even discuss it with her husband Luke, who was sitting next to her at the time!
Bec’s experience of Asia has been very limited to five days in a Bali resort over three years ago, but what has compelled her to go into this remote village of the Philippines is knowing that through the art of hairdressing it can make a person feel so good about themselves and passing on this gift of hairdressing will help equip the families with a skill they might never have been able to receive.
“I’ve been so incredibly blessed to be able to create a successful business with my wonderful team. Now it’s time to take this outside the four walls of the salon and make a greater impact on other women’s lives that don’t have the access to the education or recourses. My hope is that maybe out of this the Philippine women may love hairdressing so much, they may be able to set up a micro business for themselves and that the ripple effect of this trip will be greater than what we see when we are there.” said Bec Lethbridge.
Bec alongside her Aunty Jenny, Mum Carol, Aunty Liddy & Uncle Gary will be leaving on the 5th of March and will be away for two weeks. Bec is nervous/ excited about this trip and cannot wait for this amazing experience.
The support thus far has been overwhelming with cash donations and Ivy Creations salon supplier West Coast Hair Geelong donating clips, combs and samples to be put into the care packages to give to the women.
Aiming to raise $2000 with the community support they are well on their way to reaching their target. To learn more about Bec’s journey please email firstname.lastname@example.org.