New beauty salon a cut above

ARARAT - The 70 Lowe St Auxiliary has launched a beauty salon for residents of 70 Lowe Street, who will now be able to have new hairstyles, manicures or a facial without having to travel.

East Grampians Health Service board president Louise Staley said the development of the hairdressing and beauty salon was made possible by a very generous fundraising effort by the 70 Lowe Street Auxiliary of $10,000.

"The aim of the development is to improve the quality of life of residents here because it offers them a service and experience within the facility that is their home," Ms Staley said.

"The development will allow access and reduce travel and associated costs to residents, improve their quality of life and offer quality service with state of the art equipment."

70 Lowe St Auxiliary president Jane Richardson believes everyone deserves to be pampered and made to feel special.

"The newly renovated beauty salon will do exactly that for the residents of Lowe Street," she said.

"The Auxiliary is delighted to have funded such an enterprise and have been tirelessly fundraising all last year. I thank the Auxiliary for their untiring efforts to improve the care for the elderly."

As well as lining up for an impromptu haircut, Member for Wannon Dan Tehan also cut the ribbon officially opening the new beauty salon.

"Looking in at that salon it looks absolutely superb and is an absolute credit to anyone involved and in particular to the ladies' auxiliary," Mr Tehan said.

"I've seen first hand some of the great work that you do having been a visitor at the Oakes Day function.

"This is what country communities are all about, people being willing to put their time and effort in to help out and you have really helped out in this situtation.

"Thank you so much on behalf of the community for the work that you do because it is outstanding work and we're all the richer for all the great work that you do."

East Grampians Health Service chief executive officer, Nick Bush thanked the Auxiliary for their generosity of spirit to see the beauty salon developed and thanked them for helping to improve the lives of the residents of 70 Lowe Street, while on behalf of staff, manager of 70 Lowe Street Sharon Taylor emphasised what a wonderful project this was, and to get the great support of the Auxiliary, a dynamic group of women, was wonderful.

Mrs Taylor said she is looking forward to the residents enjoying the beauty salon.

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