Valentine’s Masked Ball Opens New Hairizons for Cancer Patients

valentine.jpgAnne Moore has found a unique way to make a difference for cancer patients: She has founded New Hairizons, an organization that raises money for superior quality wigs for those undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Anne, who is a hair salon owner and resident of Lurgan, Northern Ireland, began the New Hairizon project out of her participation in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program. For Valentine’s day, she put on a huge gala event: A masquerade charity ball attended by about 300 people. The event featured a variety of entertainment including a DJ and a live band and a dutch auction with extraordinary prizes, such as a 42″ Plasma TV.

“I have been overwhelmed by the amount of support given to tonight’s event,” Anne said. “Everything supplied for the event has been donated free of charge, from the venue through to the entertainment, auction and raffle prizes. I would like to thank all of the people and companies who have helped to make tonight the sucess that it has been and in helping raise much needed funds for this worthwhile charity.”

The ball, which was held at the Ashburn hotel, was the second fundraising event for New Hairizons. The first came on December 16th of last year at a Christmas Fayre event wherein Anne did a demonstration beauty makeover at her salon on chemotherapy patient Mary McMahon. Many different businesses, including other hair salons, have contributed to the success of the events, which have raised about £6,000 so far.

Anne notes that while hair loss might seem like a minor side effect, it adds tremendous stress and anxiety to cancer patients. Insurance usually only covers the cost of a synthetic, fake-looking wig.

“Cancer patients deserve the best treatment and a basic wig is just not right,” declares Anne. “They should have the Rolls Royce of wigs to help them overcome the loss of their hair. I am bringing together a top team of stylists to help cancer patients on a lower income afford a good wig.”

These fundraisers are just the beginning, says Anne. Future events are being planned. To get involved, email Anne Moore at [email protected]. To read more, check out the Lurgan Mail.

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