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YOUNG homeless people in Brisbane will have the chance to get the ‘do’ of their dreams, with free haircuts being handed out from the dudes at AKA Togninis.

On Monday, April 13, four stylists from AKA Togninis will donate their time and scissors for National Youth Week to help young people from Brisbane Youth Service get a ‘free do’.

The ‘haircut’ initiative will give young homeless people in Brisbane a fresh look and some much needed pampering, so they can take on interviews and every day with confidence.

Brisbane Youth Service assists young people to find and maintain appropriate housing, address physical and mental health issues, engage in employment and training and establish positive relationships and support networks.

CEO at Brisbane Youth Service, Annemaree Callander, said many young people experience difficulties in their personal lives including family breakdown, domestic and family violence, low educational attainment and social isolation.

“Two major impacts of being homeless are destabilisation and isolation, which affects young people’s, their connectedness to family and their ability to continue their education or find employment,” Annemaree said.

“As you can imagine, for young people who are homeless the cost of getting a haircut is unaffordable, so the generosity of Togninis is just wonderful.” Annemaree said.

“They will feel pampered, get a fabulous looking haircut and, most importantly, feel great about themselves.”

Togninis Director, Tracey Tognini, said senior stylists Matt, Ryan, Yin Sun and MJ of AKA Togninis were offering their day off to give young people a wash, a snip and a blow dry.

“Our team generously wanted to do something special for those around us and we have always admired the work that Brisbane Youth Service does for vulnerable young people in our local community,” said Tracey.

“One way that we can help young people is to make them feel good about themselves, and we all know what getting a new hairstyle feels like.

“Being able to offer a confidence boost to someone is an incredibly rewarding opportunity, and it has certainly highlighted the basic need that most of us take for granted,” she said.

“A special mention must go to evo, who have kindly donated hair products such as shampoo, conditioner and styling products for our senior stylists to use on Monday.”

Young homeless people in Brisbane are going to receive the haircut they deserve.

Event Information and photo opportunity:

Haircuts commence at 11:00am on Monday 13 April and will end at 3:00pm.

AKA Togninis is located at 2/ 758 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

The young homeless people getting their haircut are willing to participate in photos.

AKA Togninis staff are willing to participate in having their photos taken.


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