Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (19:54:55): I acknowledge the display of Christmas generosity demonstrated by a group of lower Hunter hairdressers and barbers during the inaugural Haircuts for the Homeless charity event in Maitland. Between 40 and 50 members of Maitland's homeless community attended the three‑hour event at the Uniting Church hall, which was staffed by 11 hairdressers and barbers from Maitland, East Maitland and Cessnock.

The event was spearheaded by well-known Maitland salon owner Helen Stuckings of Inspirations Hair Designs, who already volunteers every Monday night to feed people in need. She thought it would be a way to put her skills to work for a charitable cause while also spreading a bit of Christmas cheer.

People who visited the Haircuts for the Homeless event received a haircut and a pamper pack of personal hygiene products. I understand that following the success of their inaugural event Helen and her peers are looking at staging Haircuts for the Homeless twice a year. What a wonderful initiative.

Thank you, Helen. It is not just your hair designs that are an inspiration to our community.