Dromara Boss To Do Charity Work In Philippines

 Dromara Hairdresser To Shape the Futures of Disadvantaged Youngsters in Philippines.

Rachel Kirk, from Dromara, has been chosen by global haircare brand Schwarzkopf Professional to join their 2019 charity initiative, Shaping Futures, supported by the Fritz Henkel Stiftung.

Brassy2sassyy is a quirky salon located in the heart Dromara and salon owner Rachel Kirk loves being on trend.

Rachel who owns Brassy2sassy Hair Parlour in Dromara, will join seven other UK hairdressers as they travel to the Philippines in April as part of the Shaping Futures team, headed by UK Shaping Futures’ Ambassador, Janet Maitland.

The group will spend a total of six weeks teaching the young people the essentials of hairdressing from cutting and colouring through to styling. Each pair of volunteers will spend two weeks teaching, before handing over to the next. Following the six-week course (15th April – 24th May), the students will be offered further training or employment opportunities with local salon group, David’s Salons.

Rachel Kirk pictured with staff at Brassy2Sassy in Dromara is looking forward to her two weeks in the Philipines training disadvantaged children on the skills of hairdressing with Shape the Futures.

Commenting on the opportunity, Rachel said: “I was completely over the moon when I got the phone call to say I had been selected to become a Shaping Futures volunteer. This is one of the biggest achievements of my life. I feel that after all my years of training, I can now show my skills to someone to change their life and give them a better chance of a better future.”

Shaping Futures has been running since 2009, and this year marks its 10th Anniversary.

In that time, UK volunteers have helped over 300 young people learn the skills of hairdressing. This is the second time the UK team has visited the Philippines, following many successful years partnering with SOS Children’s Villages in India.

Every young person who takes part in Shaping Futures has experienced trauma and poverty; but thanks to this initiative they are given the skills to build a new, safe life for themselves.

Kay Brady, National PPS Manager UK & IRE for Schwarzkopf Professional, said: “It’s because of the passion, dedication and spirit of people like Rachel that we are able to run Shaping Futures, and offer young people a chance of a new life.

“This programme is incredibly important and over the past ten years, we’ve helped hundreds of youngsters from the SOS Children’s Villages fulfil their dreams and aspirations. We are incredibly proud of all the people involved in the initiative, but especially the young people who fight every day to create their own futures; they are inspirations to us all.”

Each volunteer has been asked to fundraise around £1500 for the SOS Children’s Villages charity and the additional money needed to cover their expenses.

For further information on Shaping Futures, visit: