Humber paints the town red for United Way

Humber Business professor Shiyamala Devan got her nails painted red for a donation to United Way Toronto. (Photo by Aluen Navarro) Humber Business professor Shiyamala Devan got her nails painted red for a donation to United Way Toronto. (Photo by Aluen Navarro)

Aluen Navarro
Transportation Reporter

Humber College Business professor Shiyamala Devan painted her fingernails red at the North Campus Spa to show her support for the United Way.

She and many others stopped to get a little pampered Nov. 6 for five bucks as spa students hosted the Paint the Town Red event at Lakeshore and North campuses to help fill the coffers of United Way of Toronto, an umbrella organization that raises money for a multitude of charities.

The 2014 United Way campaign at Humber is hoping to achieve its 2014 goal of raising $100,000. As of Friday, the campaign raised $49,353.

Last year, Humber raised $84,000 for the annual campaign.

At North campus, the event took place outside of the Humber College Spa with spa students, balloons, nail polishes, a donation jar and a big United Way sign. At Lakeshore, Paint the Town Red was held at Café by the Lake.

Some spa students painted the clients’ nails in all different shades of reds while others worked to drum up business by canvassing passersby, explaining the event and raising awareness of the campaign.

“Humber has always been involved with United Way,” said Sarah Muzzatti, a spa and lab technologist at the North. Muzzatti said it’s important for students to know about giving back to the young adults in their community. All the proceeds from this event went to the United Way.

Devan said she heard about this event as she was passing by in the hallway. She said she didn’t know, but will definitely tell others about it.

“I think it’s wonderful and I would come again,” Devan said. “It’s for a great cause and it supports the spa, along with United Way.”

Aesthetic and Spa Management student Khadijaht Akinyosoye, who is in her third semester, said the turnout for the event has been good.

“People love to get pampered, so they’re easily persuaded when they hear about manicures for charity, they’re for it,” Akinyosoye said. She said she thinks the best thing about this event is making people feel good, while helping those in need.

This is the first time that the North campus hosted this event. Lakeshore hosted the event last year for two days.

For more information and to make a donation or to find out about future fundraising events, visit the United Way page on the Humber College website at