HIGHLIGHTS FOR HOPE 2013

Thank you to all the great supporters for getting involved in 2013. It was a great inaugural event, with 20 local salons coming on board. The  llawarra Mercury and some very brave hair models made sure we kicked off with a bang and got us all talking about Mental Health. The major raffle was a great success, getting us part way there in funding another year of operation for the Light and Hope Mental Health Clubhouse for the Illawarra. The clubhouse funds its operation 100% from the donations of supporters and so we are pushing for a bigger and better event in 2014.

The 2013 Raffle Winners

  • 1st Prize:
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  • 4th Prize:
  • Trevor Spencer
  • Permian Self Storage
  • Ann Henniker
  • Maria Patrinos

Highlights for Hope: last chance to donate

ILLAWARRA MERCURY By ROBYN DAVID TE VELDE Nov. 4, 2013, 5:28 p.m.

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Aleisha Brooke-Smith dressing up for Melbourne Cup fundraising

Today we celebrate our last Highlights for Hope splash with colourful Melbourne Cup day fashions on two stunning models, Natalie Paiola and our Ambassador, Aleisha Brook-Smith.

Aleisha, winner of Miss Sydney Australia and a finalist in the 2013 Miss World contest, will visit the Lagoon and Novotel Northbeach today to sell raffle tickets to raise funds for the Light and Hope Clubhouse.

The raffle will be drawn tomorrow, Wednesday, at the Novotel at 11am. So today will be your last chance to contribute to this wonderful salon campaign – raising much-needed funds for Wollongong’s Light and Hope Clubhouse.

On behalf of the Light and Hope Committee, I would like to thank each and every Wollongong identity who has been featured in my column over the past seven weeks, who have given up their time and shown admirable sportsmanship in supporting this campaign.

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Highlights for Hope lifts mental health awareness

ILLAWARRA MERCURY By GREG ELLIS Nov. 1, 2013, 4:14 a.m.

Business leaders such as Walter Immoos, Graham Lancaster, James Hogg, Roy Rogers and Michael McKeogh have been great examples of blonds having more fun but their efforts in focusing the spotlight on a serious social issue have also been highly praised.

Light and Hope chairman Professor Frank Deane said the five men and other local identities had made a huge impact with their involvement in the Highlights for Hope campaign during Mental Health Month.

As did the many hairdressers who took part.

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Graham Lancaster, Walter Immoos, James Hogg, Michael McKeogh and Roy Rogers celebrate with Highlights for Hope ambassador Ally Kelly. Picture: GREG ELLIS

The campaign was launched because Wollongong’s Light and Hope Clubhouse was in danger of closing.

But Prof Deane was confident the community-wide effort would, at the very least, allow it to keep operating two days a week for the forseeable future.

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Quiet achiever’s turn in salon chair

ILLAWARRA MERCURY By ROBYN DAVID TE VELDE Oct. 29, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

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Lynne Hutton pictured with Paula Reali, of Envy Hair Gallery. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

We have all enjoyed seeing a colourful range of Illawarrians as they highlighted their hair and gave their support to raise the urgently needed funds for the Light and Hope Clubhouse.

The clubhouse is open for its members only two days a week, and is a far cry from the five days a  week clubhouse facility available in cities all round the world.

Today I would like to introduce you to a quiet achiever, Lynne Hutton, who with the support of the Light and Hope committee has been working with all her heart and soul to maintain the clubhouse for just two days a week. Without further community support the clubhouse will be forced to close its doors.

Employed by the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW, Lynne has watched the improvements in the lives of so many clubhouse members and she is profoundly committed to educating the Wollongong community in the values and benefits of clubhouse membership.

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Angela Saville’s makeover for mental health

ILLAWARRA MERCURY By ROBYN DAVID TE VELDE Oct. 22, 2013, 6:09 p.m.

Angela Saville is one of the Illawarra’s best known fitness professionals and this week she made time to visit Phoenix Hair, Central Road, Unanderra to add some extra highlights to her mane of natural coils to show her support for Highlights for Hope.

“I visit my hairdresser mostly for special occasions, and this is certainly a very special occasion – getting some extra colour to support Highlights for Hope. I am thrilled to be involved,” she said.

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Hairdresser Katrina Snell and fitness instructor Angela Saville, at Phoenix Salon Unanderra. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

As the proprietor of Any Time Fitness and Savvy Fitness, Angela is only too aware of the community’s need to embrace the concerns of mental health, as she deals with so many who are facing the shut-down it brings with it that affects most of us, or someone very close to us, at one time or another.

“Physical fitness is medicine for the mind,” she emphasised.

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Marianne Saliba’s makeover for mental health

ILLAWARRA MERCURY By ROBYN DAVID TE VELDE Oct. 22, 2013, 8:28 p.m.

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Mayor Marianne Saliba models her new look for Light and Hope

Recently re-elected Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba is not only sporting red highlights in her hair this week, but she is also showering gold over Highlights for Hope in support of the Light and Hope Clubhouse.Marianne declared ‘‘mufti day’’ at Shellharbour Council was a golden opportunity to show support for Mental Health Month, with council employees dedicating a gold coin donation to Highlights for Hope.

“This campaign is a brighter than usual statement in support of Mental Health and demonstrates how well our community can work together,’’  Marianne said.

“This salon initiative is a very effective way of building real awareness within the community for the urgent needs of the Light and Hope Clubhouse in the Illawarra.”

Proprietor of Dapto Hair and Beauty Lea Hanson stepped up to the challenge of highlighting Marianne’s hair with something a little more adventurous than usual.

“I want to make a real statement with my hair to demonstrate my personal support to this campaign,” she said.

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Stephen Jones’ touch of blue for hope

ILLAWARRA MERCURY Oct. 17, 2013, 10 p.m.

Member for Throsby Stephen Jones has shown his colours, joining the line-up of great Illawarrians who have been supporting Mental Health Month through the new initiative being extended by Illawarra’s 20 leading hairdressers.

Stephen took time out from his busy schedule to sport a patch of blue at Wollongong’s Unity Hair.

Proprietor Victoria Marcs, a pint-sized dynamo, took over the salon five years ago. A hairdresser for more than 20 years, Vic also teaches one day a week at the Elite Hair and Beauty Academy in Wollongong.

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Federal Labor MP Stephen Jones has his fringe dyed as part of a fundraiser for LIGHT AND HOPE. Stephen Jones with Unite Hairdresser Victoria Marcs. Friday 4 October 2013. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.

Helen’s makeover treat hard to beat

ILLAWARRA MERCURY By ROBYN DAVID TE VELDE Oct. 15, 2013, 6:03 p.m.

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Helen models her new look, courtesy of Artique Salon owner Natalie Taylor. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

What better way to mark the centre of Mental Health Month than with a visit to “cloud nine”?

While we have featured many high-profile business identities and sports celebrities over the past few weeks, today we feature someone who takes us to the core of what Highlights for Hope is all about.

Helen is one of the members of the Light and Hope Clubhouse who this week was treated to the luxury of a fully complimentary hairdo and make-up at Artique Salon, Figtree.

As Helen left the salon, she said: “I am on cloud nine, I can’t stop smiling.”

This outstanding gesture is available to all clubhouse members as part of the hairdressers’ support of the campaign. Each of the 20 Highlights for Hope salons have offered to do a makeover for club members, with an open choice of services. It may be a style cut, colour, conditioning treatment, scalp massage or perhaps a beauty service, manicure or a little nail art.

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Firies highlight hope

ILLAWARRA MERCURY Oct. 14, 2013, 10 p.m.

Highlights for Hope is well on track as it cuts its path through more than hair and we mark the middle of October and Mental Health Month.

There are just two weeks left to raise the much-needed funds required to keep the doors open at Wollongong’s Light and Hope Clubhouse for people with mental health issues.

We are seeing an inspirational response to Highlights for Hope from across the community with high-profile business men and women, sporting celebrities, tweenies, beauties and plenty of beasts all getting into the spirit of the Illawarra and having fun at the Highlight for Hope salons.

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Firefighters Andrew Barber, Mark McMaster, Mick Dent and Bede Smythe with their new dos. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

It has been heartening to say the least, to see, hear and feel the extraordinary support from all corners of the community, none less than the crew from the NSW Fire and Rescue Wollongong Station.

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Bangs highlight hope

ILLAWARRA MERCURY By ROBYN DAVID TE VELDE Oct. 7, 2013, 10 p.m.

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Anita Mulrooney adds blue to her bob for the Highlights for Hope Campaign, supporting mental health awareness. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

Anita Mulrooney, Peoplecare‘s general manager and marketing guru, showed her true colours when she “blue in” to Salon 66 in Burrelli Street, Wollongong, last week.

Anita’s big personality is outdone only by her big heart and both were highlighted when she agreed to add a couple of vibrant blue clip-ins each side of her neatly bobbed hair to show her support for this month’s Highlights for Hope Campaign.

Despite her gregarious nature, Anita says she is very conservative when it comes to her hair, and rarely tries anything new.

“In fact my stubborn streak is the only streak that would ever be on show with my hair normally, so this is a giant step for me.

“But for this important cause and super salon initiative, I am breaking with tradition and showing some real ‘true blue’ spirit with my two blue bangs.”

Anita is one of a long line of prominent businesspeople and sporting celebrities who have stepped up in support of Highlights for Hope, which has been unfolding in 20 of the Illawarra’s salons for Mental Health Month.

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Scalp art shines a light on mental health

ILLAWARRA MERCURY By GREG ELLIS Oct. 5, 2013, 4:01 a.m.

Light and Hope Committee member James Hogg decided to start Mental Health Month yesterday by making himself a beacon for awareness.

Mr Hogg is the son of the late Dr John Hogg, who was the inaugural chairman of the Light and Hope Committee and was keen to carry on his father’s legacy by quite literally becoming a beacon for Wollongong’s Light and Hope Mental Health Clubhouse.

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Robyn David te Velde cuts the shape of a lighthouse on the head of James Hogg. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

As the managing director of IOH Injury and Occupational Health, which provides healthcare to injured workers, he said he was aware of the importance of a facility to help those with mental health issues gather together and help each other.

Mr Hogg said mental health was becoming an increasingly recognised issue.

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Extending the tweeny girl’s hairdo

ILLAWARRA MERCURY By ROBYN DAVID TE VELDE Oct. 3, 2013, 6:14 p.m.

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MERCURY NEWS HAIRCUT Picture shows La Mode salon owner Patrice Cook with Jess Ellis, 13 and Stephanie Paiola, 14. Photo taken on the 27th of September, 2013. Photo Christopher Chan.

Tweenies are invited to share in the Highlights for Hope salon action with highlights, coloured clip-in extensions and even diamantes at La Mode Hair and Beauty during the school holidays this week.

At Westfield Figtree, the salon offers a wide range of retail accessories for hair, including the latest clip-in highlight extensions.

Our young beauties, Jessica Ellis, 13, and Stephanie Paiola, 14, stepped up to enjoy some pampering and were glad to be supporting Highlights for Hope as the campaign for Mental Health Month gets under way.

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Debra Murphy’s edgy cut for mental health

ILLAWARRA MERCURY By ROBYN DAVID TE VELDE Oct. 1, 2013, 5:05 p.m.

Illawarra Business Chamber‘s new chief executive, Debra Murphy, has embraced Highlights for Hope with a cut and colour adventure at the Aria Salon in Wollongong.

As Mental Health Month got under way, Debra was treated to highlights and a new style in preparation for the launch of the Wollongong Hawks’ season at the chamber’s Business After Hours.

Debra was right in the spirit with Highlights for Hope – a campaign to raise awareness and funding for the Light and Hope Clubhouse, and keen to embrace an edgier-than-usual look.

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Allysan Lokker brings flair and precision to Debra Murphy’s new haircut. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Tyson Demos’ wild makeover for mental health

ILLAWARRA MERCURY By ROBYN DAVID TE VELDE Sept. 26, 2013, 6:34 p.m.

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Illawarra Hawks player Tyson Demos with Hairdresser Brittany Kozel. Picture: ROBERT PEET

As the Illawarra Hawks get set to launch their new season, Tyson Demos is red hot to trot.

Heads up with an extra pair of wings on top, he’ll no doubt be flying with real Highlights for Hope as pre-season matches get under way this season.

When salon owner Brittany Kozel and I put our heads and tools together to create a show-stopping new look for Tyson, shooting guard with the Illawarra Hawks, we decided the sky would be the limit.

Brittany was keen to paint the town red with her salon’s fantasy colour, Manic Panic. We decided colour shade red fire would provide just the right gusto and brilliant contrast against his new white-hot blond canvas in support of Highlights for Hope – and of course, to head-up a red and white start to the Illawarra Hawks season, due to launch in October.

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Lawyer Graham Lancaster lightens up for a cause

ILLAWARRA MERCURY By ROBYN DAVID TE VELDE Sept. 24, 2013, 8:30 a.m.

Highlights for Hope is inspiring serious businessmen and women and well-known identities from all over the Illawarra.

The support is generating a great exhibition of sportsmanship and the public is encouraged to follow up with a visit to one of the Highlights for Hope salons to enjoy a discount and a new colour to support the fund-raising campaign for the Light and Hope Clubhouse in the Illawarra.

Raffle tickets are also available at the salons for great prizes.

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Graham Lancaster, lawyer and director of Access Law Group, took time out of his busy schedule to indulge in a real treat and play a role in the “sister act” at Sisters Hair Design in Wollongong.

Graham admits it is not uncommon for him to do a “selfie” … clipper cut, that is! So all the attention he experienced at the salon was new for him.

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IRT chief Nieves Murray’s makeover for mental health

ILLAWARRA MERCURY By ROBYN DAVID TE VELDE Sept. 19, 2013, 5:03 p.m.

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Nieves Murray, with Total Bliss Salon owner Roza Rojano, after her Highlights for Hope hairdo. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Nieves Murray, CEO of IRT, took a big leap getting her Highlights for Hope to support the Light and Hope Clubhouse.

Spring is already in full bloom and the wonder of Mother Nature’s colours emerge in all its glory as a timely reminder that change is central to the survival of all things organic … and so it is for us.

As our crowning glory, hair debatably plays the most important role in how we look and feel.

It is the frame to our face and, after all, sits right at the very top of us all. So is it any wonder we feel so great when our hair gets a new ‘do’ – hairdo that is?

It provides us with a level of confidence and a sense of well being in an instant.

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A message to those suffering in silence

ILLAWARRA MERCURY Sept. 17, 2013, 10:30 p.m.

Catch what’s happening in 20 of the Illawarra’s leading hair salons in support of Highlights for Hope, with Australia’s first lady of hairdressing ROBYN DAVID TE VELDE. Well-known Illawarra identities will be featured with blond or colourful highlights over the coming seven weeks, during Mental Health Month until the end of October. We will feature a different salon and identity every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

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Walter Immoos has his hair highlighted blond by Tomma Giorgio of Colours at North Beach. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Everyone needs a ‘‘blond’’ adventure at some stage in their life and Walter Immoos, General Manager of Novotel Wollongong Northbeach, has taken his blond moment to a new height as he faces his demons with Highlights for Hope.

His new blond statement actually highlights a very real statement from deep in his heart, one that has remained unspoken for too long.

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Walter Immoos’ makeover for mental health

ILLAWARRA MERCURY By GREG ELLIS Sept. 17, 2013, 4:30 p.m.

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Walter Immoos has his hair highlighted blond by Tomma Giorgio of Colours at North Beach. Picture: ROBERT PEET

When Walter Immoos fronted up to the hairdressers to have his dark hair bleached to its natural colour, he reflected on more than the image facing him in the mirror.

The Novotel Wollongong Northbeach general manager had agreed to lead the charge in a new campaign to raise awareness for Wollongong’s Light and Hope Clubhouse, a centre for people with mental illness.

He’s the first of several Illawarra personalities to agree to colour or highlight their locks as part of the Highlights for Hope campaign.

As he waited to undergo his transformation, Mr Immoos revealed how he and his family had been affected by mental illness.

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Flicker of Light and Hope Beckons

ILLAWARRA MERCURY By GREG ELLIS Sept. 16, 2013, 10:03 p.m.

Hairdressers and members of the Illawarra Light and Hope Clubhouse joined the Light and Hope committee yesterday for the official launch of the inaugural Highlights for Hope campaign.

The fund-raising initiative, run with the help of 20 salons, is the brainchild of former world champion hairdresser Robyn David te Velde and aims to keep the clubhouse doors open to support the recovery of people with a mental illness.

Participating hairdressers and ambassadors such as Graham Lancaster, Terry Wetherall, Roy Rogers, Walter Immoos and Nieves Murray are involved in raising both awareness and funds for the facility which initially started operating one day a week at the Lutheran Church Hall in Stewart Street, Wollongong.

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At the launch of the Highlights for Hope Campaign are (front row) Graham Lancaster, Robyn David te Velde and Terry Wetherall, (back row) Paul Gordon, Professor Frank Deane, Robyn Rasa and Lube Markovski. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Highlights for Hope Against Mental Illness

ILLAWARRA MERCURY By GREG ELLIS Sept. 14, 2013, 4:30 p.m.

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Walter Immoos has Robyn te Velde light up his hair for Highlights for Hope. Picture: ROBERT PEET

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Walter Immoos and his new look.

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Highlights for Hope ambassador Aleisha Brooke-Smith.

When Walter Immoos fronted up to the hairdressers to have his dark hair bleached to its natural colour, he reflected on more than the image facing him in the mirror.

The Novotel Wollongong Northbeachgeneral manager had agreed to lead the charge in a new campaign to raise awareness for Wollongong’s Light and Hope Clubhouse, a centre for people with mental illness.

He’s the first of several Illawarra personalities to agree to colour or highlight their locks as part of the Highlights for Hope campaign.

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