Haircuts are a regular part of life for most people, but for some they are a luxury that can’t always be afforded.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club is attempting to make regular haircuts available to those who cannot easily afford them through monthly Haircuts for Hope events, beginning on Sunday, July 8 at the Cochrane Centre in St. John’s.
An initial Haircuts for Hope event took place in March, and provided haircuts to approximately 50 people in St. John’s. After that success, the club decided to make it a monthly event with the help of the Cochrane Centre and the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre.
Haircuts for Hope is meant to provide a judgment-free space for anyone to come and get a haircut for themselves or their children if they can’t otherwise afford to do so.
Jeff Hillyard, vice-president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club, explained that the idea came from one of his friends, a barber from Vancouver where he had been participating in a group giving weekly haircuts in parks and other places around East Vancouver and East Hastings to those who could not afford them.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club formed a year and a half ago and has been growing steadily. It currently has a dozen core members who organize events for the larger beard and moustache community.
The monthly Haircuts for Hope events are being run by volunteers from the Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club as well as barbers and hairstylists who have offered their expertise. Many of those participating this time took part in the March event and wanted to stay involved.
Haircuts for Hope will be happening at the Cochrane Centre at 42 Bannerman St., St. John’s from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.