IPOH: Residents of the Darussalam Orphanage here were treated to free haircuts today by staff of Euphoria Academy, in celebration of Malaysia Day tomorrow.
In fact, this will be the first of many professional haircuts for the residents, as Euphoria Academy owner Ena Farizan has promised to provide the orphans with free haircuts every month from now on.
"We will visit the orphanage every month to ensure that the residents have a nice hair cut every now and then," she said.
Ena said the service would help ease the orphanage’s financial burden as its management spends RM12,000 monthly to operate the facility, which is home to 50 orphans aged from 10 months to 20 years.
Orphanage warden Norizan Razali said the orphans come from a range of different backgrounds, and some are learning impaired, which presents a special challenge to the staff.
The orphanage receives an annual grant of only RM10,000 from the government, so much of their funding has to come from public donations.
"The orphans go to the public schools in Gunung Rapat and Sungai Rokam, while the staff help provide tuition classes," he said.
Norizan said they are grateful that Euphoria is willing to give free haircuts, as it could help them save money and use it for other things.
One orphan, Mohd Adam Istifar Chong, 13, said he is happy to have a new look after the haircut.
"We are happy to have our hair cut by professional hairstylists from the academy," he said.