Changes to the world this salon’s focus
Changes Salon in Kamloops is not only about hair.
The Hillside Drive salon raised the most money in Canada among Aveda concept salons during a fundraiser for a water project in India spearheaded by WaterCan, a Canadian charity.
Changes co-owner Leianne Anderson said every year during Earth Month in April, the salon raises money for the WaterCan program, which builds wells so people in disadvantaged countries can have clean drinking water.
“We raised the most money of any Aveda salon in Canada,” Anderson said of this year’s campaign.
To put that into perspective, consider there are more than 600 Aveda salons across the country.
Each of the stylists at Changes sold raffle tickets for a haircut and colouring.
They also sold candles and held a dinner and silent auction to raise funds.
They even had a “boot camp” for clients who have a difficult time styling their hair.
Stylists sold tickets to the workshop, which taught customers how to style their hair properly, said employee Jennifer Akins.
In total, Changes raised more than $9,000.
Akins raised about $1,500 of that amount and was chosen to travel to Tilwari, India, through Aveda to see the water project the money is going to support.
Akins was selected, Anderson said, because she was the top fundraiser at the Kamloops salon.
About 21 people from salons around the world get chosen to go on the trip and Akins is the only Canadian representative.
She will travel to India on Nov. 1.