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Sep 1, 2017

Back to School with Fresh Hair Cut

Sharlenie Wilson and Natasha Pipersburgh are helping kids to start the school year with fresh haircut done by professional barbers for free. The ladies decided to give back to south side communities by partnering with barbers to provide the service this week for students of all ages in different neighborhoods. Today, we caught up with the crew on Mahogany Street in Belize City where the free haircuts continue through to Saturday.


Sharlenie Wilson

Sharlenie Wilson, Co-Organizer, Back to School Hair Cut

“It is a free hair cut back to school event. Since the new school year was approaching we knew we wanted to do something but at the time we didn’t know or have any idea. The time was coming up and I went over to her house and we started dashing ideas at each other and we clicked and said why don’t we do a free hair cut for back to school. So, the Saturday we began sketching out what our flyers would look like, our t-shirts, what we need to do and who we need to speak to. We only had two days because we wanted to launch this event on the Wednesday, so on Monday and Tuesday we made our turn around. We then phoned Mister Usher for his assistance to give us two different locations in Port Loyola so we could start. He told us we could use Jane Usher Basketball court on Wednesday and then on Thursday we moved over to the Port Loyola Boulevard. Now we are here and we will also be here tomorrow and it starts from ten until three in the afternoon.”


Andrea Polanco

“Talk to me about the kids; are they only from this area that you are catering to?”


Sharlenie Wilson

“Yes. The kids are only from this area. Yesterday and Wednesday the kids were from Port Loyola. I must congratulate the barbers because it is their season – you know it is back to school. We spoke to them and they were generous enough to take time out of their busy schedule and take time out of their shop. For example, we have Brick City from this barbershop who was willing to lend us a helping hand to make sure that these kids have a fresh new look for the new school week.”


Andrea Polanco

“Now, how many kids have you seen so far today?”


Sharlenie Wilson

“For Port Loyola it was seventy-odd kids. But for today, it has been almost fifty kids , so far over forty and we are not sure how many will come out tomorrow.”

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