Abbey Kick (Amber Hair Studio) with volunteer Fire Brigade member Steve Bullard. Photo - submitted

By Caitlin Bewley
(3rd Yr Swinburne Uni)

What does a hairdresser and a volunteer fire brigade member have in common? Nothing, except the shared empathy for the community.
Abbey Kick was the 2017 Business Excellence Awards Young Achiever of the Year and owns Amber Hair Studio in Bacchus Marsh, and is offering one free hair cut to local volunteer fire fighters, who have been engaged in the bushfires that ravaged Victoria and New South Wales.
As the salon’s owner, Ms Kick came up with the idea of free haircuts for the month of February.
“If the fires continue, we may do [free haircuts] for longer.
“I just wanted to do something,” she said.
“We did a raffle and raised over $500 dollars, but we wanted to do more.
“There are so many local firefighters out there that still pay a fire levy, so we need to do something a bit extra.”
The recent bushfires were close to home for Kick, telling the Moorabool News her uncle’s property was at risk of the blaze.
“One of my clients had to change his appointment to fight the fires,” Kick said.
“He actually went to fight the fire near my uncle’s resort in Walwa (north/west of Corryong), so I gave [client] a free haircut and thought it might be a good idea and just help as a small thank you.”
Ms Kick said local volunteer fire brigade members, can book an appointment by calling the salon on 5367 8885 or book online at http://amberhairstudio.gettimely.com/