School Savvy makes the cut

Quality stationery, check! Pre-loved uniforms, check! Free Haircuts, check!

[Photo: Unleashed Hair & Boutique will be offering free haircuts at School Savvy Rockhampton on Monday from 9am to 3pm.]

School Savvy CQ is ticking all the boxes to get children back to school ready, well prepared and feeling their best.

Local hair stylists in the Rockhampton, Bundaberg and Capricorn Coast region have kindly donated their time to offer free haircuts to school children at School Savvy’s Pop-up shops next week.

School Savvy CQ assistant coordinator Danielle Mitchell said parents could not only benefit from purchasing low cost stationery and pre-loved uniforms, but also have their child looking good ready for the school year, easing the financial burden even further for struggling families.

Danielle MitchellSchool Savvy CQ Assistant Coordinator

“We wish to thank the generosity of these hairdressers who have come on board to help the School Savvy initiative,” she said.

“It’s challenging enough for many families in the region during this time of the year. Back to school can add even more pressure, but School Savvy is about making a difference to help ease that burden, and with the addition of free haircuts for the kids, many families will benefit greatly.

“Parents can simply attend the pop-up shops during the haircut hours next week, no bookings necessary.”

Unleashed Hair owner Aliesha Johnston and her team (senior hair stylist Georgia Carter) from Emu Park are eager to help out.

The women will be attending the Rockhampton pop-up shop in Monday, January 13 from 9am to 3pm offering free basic haircuts and trims to school aged children.

Aliesha explains: “A dear friend of mine tagged me in one of the School Savvy posts and I immediately knew it was the perfect thing for us to get involved in.”

“The cause is something close to my heart, having come from a home faced with financial difficulties.”

“We want to help the kids look ‘schmick’ and make the start to the school year just that little bit easier.”

CentacareCQ support worker and hairdresser of 25 years, Sharaah Theaker will also be donating her time for free haircuts at the Rockhampton pop-up shop on Monday from 9am to 1pm and Yeppoon pop-up shop on Tuesday from 9am to 4pm.

No stranger to School Savvy, Sharaah donated her time to cutting hair for School Savvy at the 2019 pop up shop in Rockhampton for two days.

“It’s all about giving back to the community, taking the financial pressure of the parents and easing the burden for families as they get their kids ready for the school year,” she said.

Another Rockhampton hairdresser of more than 30 years, is volunteering her time as a personal pledge to give back to the community that was so compassionate and supportive to her while she and her husband worked on rebuilding their small business after a fire damaged their machinery and stock.

“Local support is something our community is best at, after experiencing this first hand I wish nothing but to help the community in which helped me when I needed it the most,” she said.

Danielle said the School Savvy team were excited for next week’s shops and helping children and families within the community start the school year right.

[Photo: Free hair trims as part of School Savvy]

School Savvy Haircut Hours:

Pop-Up Shops will be held throughout January 2020. The dates and locations are as follows:

Rockhampton pop-up shop (St Theresa’s Community Centre, 32 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton)

  • Monday, January 13, 2020 – 3 hair dressers from 9am to 1pm. 2 hair dressers from 1pm to 3pm.

Bundaberg pop-up shop (Civic Centre, 190 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg)

  • Monday, January 13, 2020 – 4 hair dressers from 9am to 4pm
  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020 – 1 hair dresser from 9am to 4pm
  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020 – 2 hair dressers from 9am to 4pm
  • Thursday, January 16, 2020 – 1 hair dresser from 10am to 4pm.

Yeppoon pop-up shop (Community Centre, 80 John Street, Yeppoon)

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020 – 1 hair dresser from 9am to 4pm.

For more information contact CentacareCQ on 1300 523 985 or email

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