Promoting self-care to give back to struggling town
SAM Monagle has lived through her fair share of good times and bad in her 10 years of hairdressing, but this past Christmas was up there with the worst.
In the face of struggle, the Rhapsody Hair Studio owner is far from giving up, and instead is giving back in an attempt to perk up the town continuing to feel the pain of ongoing drought.
"I've heard of other places around town that were struggling as well, and I've been thinking for a long time I need to try and do something,” she said.
"The farmers are doing it tough, but so are we.”
Labelling the 2018-19 Christmas/New Year period the quietest she's ever had, it was clear the drought was causing hardship throughout the region.
Sparked by a hashtag on another salon's page - #Selfcareisnotselfish - Sam launched her campaign, inspiring men and women to take a few hours for themselves while also helping others in need.
"Self-care is not selfish. I want to do something for them so they know they're not forgotten,” she said.
"For every $10 spent in my salon, I will be donating $1 to local farmers around St George, Thallon, Dirranbandi and Bollon.
"I hope it will add up, and I hope it's going to bring business back to the town.”
Sam said even if she had only $100 at the end of the week for a farmer, that would be enough to buy something necessary, like a bag of dog food.
Pop in to see Sam at 119 Victoria St, St George.