First Finalist for Shoot the Hairdresser

Head Space
The Illawarra Mercury has released the first finalist in the inaugural Shoot the Hairdresser competition.

Read the full article on “Head Space” by Alex Sturman in the Illawarra Mercury.

Thank you to all the entrants. The Illawarra Mercury will be running a series in their Good Life Section for the month of September displaying the works of the 15 finalists. Once all 15 final works have been released Highlights for Hope will be providing the full gallery online for the Mercury Viewers’ Choice Award ($500). A pop up gallery will also be occurring in the GPT Wollongong Central Mall, with in person voting for the People’s Choice Award ($500).

Highlights salon visit impresses top nurse


Kim Capp with stylist Lisa Pennington Picture: DANIEL PETERSON

On August 22, Michelle Webster reported for the Illawarra Mercury about the South Coast Private Hospital director of nursing, Kim Capp, and her thoughts on being involved with the Highlights for Hope Campaign. Ms Capp had her hair cut, coloured and styled by Lisa Pennington of Aria Hair.

Read the full article at the Illawarra Mercury Online




New Salons Join Highlights for Hope


Highlights for Hope continues to grow with eight new salons coming on board for this year’s event. The new salons are assisting to spread the Mental Health message further. Visit to find a participating salon near you.


Amazing Race Wollongong gets behind Highlights for Hope


Emily Squires and Chantelle Drolc have decided to highlight their hair pink in support of Highlights for Hope and make the Light and Hope Mental Health Clubhouse one of their chosen charities for their 2014 fundraising event Amazing Race Wollongong.

Mrs Squires said they wanted to stage a record event this year and encouraged teams of four to register now for $250 at

Businesses interested in hosting a checkpoint for $450 could also contact Mrs Squires on 02 4224 3152 or Ms Drolc on 02 4224 3140.

Wollongong Amazing Race in the news

Proud to support Highlights for Hope


_3195548By KATE WALSH

Read article at Illawarra Mercury

MERCURY general manager Corinne Whiteman was the latest model to have her hair blow-dried and coiffed as part of this year’s Highlights for Hope by campaign founder and co-ordinator Robyn Te Velde.

This year’s initiative features the Shoot the Hairdresser competition, which encourages photographers to collaborate with people in the hairdressing industry to capture images that celebrate great hairdressers and hairstyles.

It will raise money for Light and Hope Illawarra Mental Health Clubhouse.

‘‘ It is important for our community to continue the conversation about mental health and help break the stigma that exists,’’ Ms Whiteman said.

The Mercury was proud to support the fun and quirky campaign, she said.

Winners will be announced at the Highlights for Hope Hairdressers’ Ball on October 11. The firstprize winner will receive $2000 cash. Photographs will be featured in the Mercury throughout the competition and finalists’ work will be displayed in Wollongong Central. To enter, visit Entries close August 26.

Illawarra Mercury: Hair-raising images shine light on mental illness


Russell Puckeridge developed this mind-blowing image to promote the Shoot the Hairdresser photography competition, which aims to raise funds for the Light and Hope Mental Health Clubhouse.

Russell Puckeridge knows all too well the damaging effects of mental illness. The Dapto man has seen people hospitalised after breakdowns and footy mates battle against depression – something he has struggled with himself. So it was a no-brainer for the 38-year-old to lend his photographic services when asked to help promote the Highlights for Hope campaign.

“Mental illness hits pretty close to home for me sometimes,” he said.

“Everyone knows someone who is touched by it … so anything people can do to help out or to break that [stigma] is worthwhile.”

his year, campaign founder and co-ordinator Robyn te Velde has launched the Shoot the Hairdresser photography competition, urging professional and amateur photographers to collaborate with people in the hairdressing industry in a fun and quirky way.

The competition aims to raise vital funds for the Light and Hope Illawarra Mental Health Clubhouse, which supports the recovery of people with mental illness.

Mrs te Velde and Mr Puckeridge teamed up with web designer Jim Davis, campaign ambassador Kirra Jones and some of Fire and Rescue NSW’s Wollongong crew to create an image to inspire competition entries.

The winner will receive a $200 cash prize.

More details on Shoot the Hairdresser page



Hairdressers are often take on a role as informal counsellors in our community, UOW mental health experts say.

Professor Frank Deane Director of UOW’s Illawarra Institute for Mental Health and Chair of the Illawarra Light and Hope Mental Health Clubhouse said hairdressers are often providing more than a much needed haircut.

“Hairdressers are perceived as good listeners and often have people confide in them, thus they are an important source of social support in the community.”

Professor Deane is currently supervising a Masters student who is conducting research on the informal counselling role and potential gatekeeper role that hairdressers in the Illawarra might have.

With this in mind, the Illawarra Light and Hope Mental Health Clubhouse, under the auspices of the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW, have launched campaign to help raise awareness of mental health and support the recovery of people with mental illness.

In order to support a community-based international psychosocial recovery program, acting to improve employment and quality of life in those living with a mental illness, the Illawarra Light and Hope Mental Health Clubhouse have launched a ‘Shoot the Hairdresser’ photography competition, which asks Illawarra residents to create a photo that captures the hairdresser’s personality, hairdresser’s roles or the hairdressing industry.

The competition closes on 26 August and is open to professional and amateur photographers.

For more information, visit

Link to original article at UOW Campus News

Photographers bring focus to Highlights for Hope campaign


Illawarra photographers have the chance to show off their creativity and help a good cause at the same time in the Shoot the Hairdresser photography competition.

The competition allows professional and amateur photographers to team up with people in the hairdressing industry in a fun and quirky way.

It is part of the Highlights for Hope campaign to raise funds and awareness for the Light and Hope Illawarra Mental Health Clubhouse.

The judges are looking for creative, edgy, arty photography that highlights hairdressers and hairstyles.

Continue Reading at the Illawarra Mercury Online

Highlights for Hope 2013

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