Humber spa teams up with the United way to paint the town red

Humber Esthetician and Spa management students paint the town red to raise funds for the United Way. (Photo: Ashly July)

Ashly July
News Reporter

The Humber Spa teamed up with the United Way last week for its annual Paint The Town Red fundraising event.

Students in Humber College’s Esthetician and Spa Management program join forces every year to give back to the community, one manicure at a time.

The three-day event was held Nov. 4 to 6 and Assistant Manager Jessica Ellison said the partnership with United Way is beneficial to the charity but is also a great way for students in the program to get valuable practice.

“We have always had a partnership with United Way, and we polish nails because everybody loves a hand massage or a polish change. The client contributes 5 dollars to the cause, and 100 per cent of those proceeds go to United Way, so it’s a really good way to give back to our community,” said Ellison.

“I’m a regular spa visitor, and it’s a great easy way to support the United Way campaign. Five dollars for a manicure, can’t beat that,” said Jane Lever, the Annual Giving Officer at Humber’s Department of Advancement & Alumni Relations.

The United Way’s history in Canada dates back to 1917. Its mission is “to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action.”

It’s a sentiment echoed by 20-year-old esthetician/spa management student Sarah Kennedy, who says Paint The Town Red is not only about working on her craft, but also about engaging in meaningful conversations with clients.

“We’re educating the clientele on the United Way and our program,” the second-year student said.

“Things like this are important because our community needs to know what’s going on,” Kennedy said.

The event is held at both North and Lakeshore campuses and Ellison says the turnout is typically a little better at Lakeshore.

Although the event is called Paint The Town Red, clients had a choice of polish colour.

Ellison said red is encouraged to get people into the holiday spirit.

“We do try to encourage a red polish, just because of the cause, and also Remembrance Day, she said. “You’ll see the students were sporting red lipstick just to further that message.

“They could choose from an array of polishes, but we recommend they do red for the charity and United Way’s color,” Ellison said.

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