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Hairdressers give elderly stylish haircuts for charity

By Huang Shu-li  /  Staff reporter

Volunteer hairdressers shave the head of a resident at the Tong Ren Citizen’s Home in Yunlin County on Monday.

Photo: Huang Shu-li, Taipei Times

“Love knows not distance,” Gilbert Parker said, and a group of hair designers proved the saying right by volunteering for a Facebook event to give free haircuts to elderly men and women at Tong Ren Citizen’s Home in Yunlin County’s Rinnei Township (林內) on Monday.

According to the designers, the event was posted on local TV host Tsai Shang-lin’s (蔡尚林) Facebook page last month. The page, named “Douliu Social Group,” offered an exchange of information by local businesses.

Tsai said that as soon as the event was posted it received a lot of replies, both from hair designers and those who did not cut hair professionally, but who wanted to help out in any way they could.

At 8am on Monday the volunteers showed up at the old people’s home, and once they were through, all the elderly men and women said they were satisfied with their haircuts, saying they were stylish.

One of the designers, nicknamed “Kenny,” said he came to Taiwan from Hong Kong 30 years ago and that the seven designers in his salon in Changhua also took a half-day break to participate in the event.

Chen Yu-wei (陳郁威), chairman of the Chunghua Hair & Facial International Contest Evaluation Research and Development Association went down to Yunlin from Taoyuan specifically to express his support for the event. He said that when he saw the satisfied smiles of the newly-styled elderly men and women, he felt very pleased.

Another designer, Chang Li-hsia (張麗霞), said that because the residents spent most of their time lying in bed, the haircuts given were styled to be easy to manage, and would be cool and refreshing in the upcoming summer weather.

Tsai said the “friends” on his Facebook page all had loving hearts and constantly gave back to society, adding “there will be other events in the future, so that we can all contribute to those people or organizations around us that need help.”

Translated by Jake Chung, staff writer

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