Help Fiona - a hairdressing hero
Fiona you have the biggest heart of anyone I know, thank you for looking after the kids.
Fiona is a hairdresser with heart.
Three years ago ex-Malvern hairdresser, Fiona, was given the opportunity to open a salon at the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Her very first client was a paraplegic boy whose Mum had to wheel him into the salon on his bed. From that moment, Fiona made the decision not to charge any patient for a haircut and her unfailing kindness has seen her help over 700 sick children.
She's regularly up on the wards cutting hair, helping kids dealing with the effects of chemotherapy, recovering from strokes or needing major heart surgery, and her warmth and dedication has made her a firm friend of many patients.
Fiona does all of this because she believes in helping someone everyday.
Fiona also supports parents and carers, many who are going through their toughest time. Salon Royale's Facebook page shows the impact her generosity and community spirit has had on hundreds of families.
"Life in hospital just wouldn't be the same without your love and support. Our family love you to the moon and back".
"We still remember how kind you were when our Leila was first diagnosed with leukaemia a year ago and most of her hair was matted from being bed-ridden. You kindly came straight up and cut it for her and she felt so much better for it. A little thing but meant so much to us in that awful time."
"Fi is the most amazing person helping everyone who walks into her salon through the worst time of their lives. Such a beautiful soul. "
"The best in the country. Always ready with a coffee and a shoulder to cry on. More than a salon more like a very special family. I hope you are part of our life for ever."
Fiona is so much more than a hairdresser – she is a local hero - and the sense of community and family she creates at the hospital is something special.
However, it's not easy running a small business on your own and unfortunately a big heart doesn't pay the rent. Fiona's recently had to downsize to a much smaller salon space. She would dearly love to be busier and while some days are better than others, Fiona is facing the possibility of having to close Salon Royale's doors at the end of the year.
Although Fiona would never ask for anything - and that is why I am doing this! - it would be a tremendous help if everyone could get behind Fiona and support her work with the kids and parents at the Royal Children's Hospital in 2018.
It's time to help the helper. If everyone donated the cost of a child's haircut ($25) and we multiply that by the number of kids Fiona has helped so far (700), that equates to $17,500. Enough to keep Fiona's doors open for the first part of 2018 while we find more sustainable solutions.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
1. Give the cost of a child's haircut for $25 and you contribute to Salon Royale’s rent. But any other amount, big, massive or small, will help Fiona keep her doors open and do what she does best - giving sick kids and their parents some much needed TLC.(All people who donate will go into the running to have a cut and blowwave too!)
2. Book an appointment with Fiona at Salon Royale for your next haircut. She'll give you a rocking do!
50 Flemington Rd, North Melbourne. Ground floor. 03 9349 4362
3. If you can't afford anything at the moment, that's OK but you can help by Share SHARE SHARING this page with your networks!
Thank you for your support. :)
Thank you for your kind messages of support for Fiona. We have not been able to thank you all individually, but every message is read and appreciated.
It's been a very busy few weeks. Fiona's story has been on 3AW, Gold FM, Channel 9, The Herald Sun, The Daily Mail and there’s still more to come.
Communications graduate Jeremiah Ganicoche heard Fiona’s story on 3AW and wanted to put together a short video report on Fiona. You can see Fiona with two of her beautiful clients Shay and Taylor. https://youtu.be/Jv-BJ140GEo
Thanks to you, Salon Royale’s doors are staying open for the immediate future! We'll keep you posted on any major developments.
A HUGE thank you for all of your support.
Whether you donated big or small, your generous contribution means that Fiona will be keeping Salon Royale's doors open.
Fiona would like to thank you all. She says: "I am overwhelmed with all the love and support everyone has given to me. For the first time in my life I am truly lost for words. Salon Royale will get to continue thanks to all of you. Thank you sooooo much, my love to you all xxxx"
Although we received so many moving messages of support, I thought I'd post this one as it demonstrates that Fiona gives so much more than a great haircut: she gives support and companionship to people who are going through difficult times.
"Fiona is a godsend at the hospital. The salon was a hideaway from all the stress, somewhere to have a break and be pampered. So often I would drop in to say hi and she would make me sit down and the girls would do my nails, just because they could, to make me feel normal.
Fiona shaved Rhys’ head during chemo, gave him his first post chemo haircut, pampered my daughter, cut my husband’s hair for a job interview when Rhys was in ICU and came to my boy's funeral.
This women is selfless, kind and has a huge impact on families... please donate. Thank you Fi for being a part of my RCH family. You are one of a kind... I have so much love for you. "
Thank you again for supporting Fiona and Salon Royale.