Sunday 25 March 2018

Students raise a pretty penny for local charities

Students of DIFE who organised the annual Beauty Blitz in aid of local charities.
Students of DIFE who organised the annual Beauty Blitz in aid of local charities.

Fiona Magennis

THE students and staff in the beauty department of Drogheda Institute of Further Education (DIFE) were busy showcasing their skills during a recent charity fundraising 'Beauty Blitz' which raised more than €6,000 for two local charities.

This is the fourth year the Beauty Blitz has taken place, raising an incredible €20,000 for charity along the way.

The marathon event took place over two days from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

The proceeds from this year's blitz will be divided between the St Vincent de Paul and the Samaritans and the cheques for each organisation, as well as some hampers of new clothes, toys and food for the SVP, were presented last week. A total of €6,120 was raised this year.

'We set up a Facebook page and people were invited to join and they could book appointments through it,' explained Suzanne Macken, the Co-ordinator of the Beauty Therapy Department at DIFE.

'We had a huge range of treatments on offer, facials, manicures, reflexology, threading, tinting and more all at very reasonable prices and there was a great response. We also had a raffle for a number of hampers that the girls put together and al the proceeds from that were added in as well.'

The treatments were carried out by the first and second year students on the course and the response on the Facebook page were all very positive with all the clients thrilled with their pampering sessions.

'It was great practice for the students and they've gone from 0 to 100 in confidence as a result of the beauty blitz,' said Suzanne. 'We have two beauty rooms and each of them have nine couches so we ran it like an 18 room salon with slots for appointments. We had a reception desk and a waiting area outside and it all went really well.'

Music at the event was provided by The Voice star Katy Anna Mohan and Suzanne said everyone involved was thrilled with the amount raised.

'We were delighted to be able to help out two such worthy causes,' she said.

Drogheda Independent