HAIRDRESSERS and beauticians are getting ready for their much-anticipated charity trip to South Africa.
But thanks to their successful fundraising ventures, Creations Hair and Beauty wants to extend the invitation to a lucky person who could get to experience the trip of a lifetime.
For the past year Creations has undertaken the challenge of raising £13,500 to take some of their young team members to help build a house for children.
“We have exceeded the expectations of fundraising – thanks to the support of our clients and local businesses, we have now raised more than £20,000,” said Emma Baines, salon manager.
“This project was designed in the thought of young people from our local community helping the young people of Mseleni.”
The Creations team would like to take one more person along with them on the 18-day trip.
“The philosophy of the foundation is young people helping young people. As we have a young team, we decided to take on the project to build for a young family.”
“We will be building one house for six brothers with the family name of Mdluli.
“Their mum has passed away and they currently live with their aunt, who is in the late stages of HIV, in a house which is falling down.”
The scheme is part of a West Sussex charity called Coco’s Foundaton, which aims ‘to make the world a better place’ for children by providing them with homes, clothes and food
“The project, which has been running for about three years, has already done an amazing job,” said Emma.
“They have built a trauma centre, developed an orphanage and built homes to help people who have nothing.
“It will be a gruelling experience for them all, especially the challenge of meeting these kids and getting attached.”
The group will travel to the Kwa Zulu Natal region, to a place called Mseleni. The village is called Mduku.
“We have no experience building homes,” said Emma.
“It will be a steep learning curve for all of us. But we are really looking forward to it.
“Some are nervous, and I think there is going to be a lot of support needed.”
Set up by Billingshurst hairdresser Chris Connors, the foundation has developed quickly.
After his first visit to Kwa Zulu Natal in 2010, Chris returned to build a reservoir and a chicken house, and has inspired other young groups to help the cause.
The imaginative fundraisers from Creations took part and organised a raft of activities to raise money for the trip.
They mastered their sea legs for an epic challenge – rowing 26 miles from Hayling Island to the Needles on the Isle of Wight.
The route included navigating some of the trickiest tides in the UK, but the team managed to break the record time recorded.
“The team successfully completed the row in four hours and two minutes, smashing the record time of four hours and 34 minutes,” said Emma.
“This is by far the biggest challenge any of us have undertaken.”
The group is set to leave for South Africa on October 9.
The flight lands in Johannesburg at 7am on October 10, then the group will take a connecting flight to Durban.
On arrival in Durban, the team will drive for five hours in a minibus to the Mseleni missionary.
Every day the group will be driving for two hours to get to the building site – and will walk for half an hour to reach the village where they will start to build a new home – and new lives – for six children.
The whole trip is paid for and the person joining will need to bring, at most, only £100.
They will be briefed on all the cultural information needed for the trip, but need to take responsibility for their own jabs and malaria tablets if needed.
The successful applicant will need travel insurance, but Creations will advise you on this.
If you want to take things out with you for the villages, Creations ask for toothbrushes, pens, pencils, rubbers, facepaints and anything to do with arts and crafts.
Children are also in need of any old laptops.
If you are interested in entering the competition, you must:
Be available from October 9-24, 2014.
Candidates must be prepared for the 18-day trip.
Applicants must be 16-21 years old.
If you are under 18 you need parental permission to apply for the trip. You also need consent from your school, college or university because the dates fall in term-time.
Have a valid UK passport.
Write 100 words on why you want to go on the trip. If you need some help, think about what you can bring to the team and why you think you should be picked.
The Creations team is looking for a person who can work hard, be a good team-player and who is open to new experiences.
The successful applicant would need to do live blog while on the trip to share the experience with people back home.
To enter the competition, email your name, age and why you want to go on the trip to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck to all applicants.