Destination Africa

Destiny Hair Design owner Tracey Gascoin and her team are back in the salon after completing a life-changing charity challenge to help build a community centre for orphans in South Africa.

Tracey and five of her staff joined forces with The Coco’s Foundation a, registered charity, to help build the centre at an orphanage in Ubombo, in a remote part of South Africa.

Over a six week period from late April to the end of May, two Destiny staff at a time each swapped the shampoo and scissors for a two week crash course on bricklaying to do their bit for the 19 orphans at Ubombo - all of whom have HIV or AIDS, contracted at a very young age from being sexually abused.

Each team member had to raise £2,000 to pay for travel costs and building materials and after a string of fundraising events the combined Destiny total was a staggering £18,000.

Tracey said: “It was a very emotional, but life-changing experience. These young orphans have all contracted this disease through sexual abuse and as a mother myself I found this deeply disturbing.

“Supporting Coco’s in this way was a big opportunity for us all to make a positive difference to these children’s lives and I have been extremely humbled by what I saw. The orphans have already had such a terrible start in life, but are still so happy and grateful. Coco’s is doing a fantastic job and is a charity well worth supporting.”

Joining Tracey on the construction challenge were Destiny’s Principal Designers Stephanie King, Natalie West, Designer Alexa Stratfull and Salon Consultant Kirsty Montgomery.

Salon Consultant Kirsty Montgomery said:

“The Ubombo trip was an amazing experience. The children are a true inspiration. For me seeing the poverty in the local community was a huge eye-opener and made me realise how much we have in the UK and how little we appreciate it. It really put life here into perspective. The trip was a brilliant experience and I have some amazing memories, both happy and sad. I hope to keep working with the Coco’s Foundation for helping to make those children so happy was a wonderful feeling.”

Coco's Foundation was set up in 2009 by a hairdressing friend of Tracey's, Chris Connors. He was so moved by the children's plight that he and his own salon staff built a trauma centre on the orphanage site in May 2010.

The centre is a safe haven the children can call home until the day they can be integrated into the orphanage.

Making a donation to Destination Africa
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Donate £1 to CoCo's

A donation of just £1 to Coco's Foundation feeds 20 children in the orphanage for a day.

To set up a regular monthly payment to Coco's Foundation please complete and return the Standing Order Mandate.

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