For some years now, I have been trying to find a way to help members of my community who are less fortunate than many of us. When I was working over 60 hours a week as an executive, my time was quite limited and so my way of helping was to give a few dollars or a warm cup of coffee to those I saw on the streets. Now that I am working from home with a flexible schedule, I can finally do something concrete for my fellow community members.

I have therefore enrolled the help of a couple of friends and together, we have set up a non-profit organization called The Rolling Barber. Our goal with this organization is to purchase an old school bus and transform it into a portable hair salon where we can offer free shampoo and cuts to whoever is in need of one.

In the past few months, I contacted some charity organizations in the downtown area and I have been quite pleased with the positive feedback I received. Not only does it give me the courage to set up this corporation, but it tells me that the need to offer such services is crucial.

We already have a commitment on the part of a professional hairdresser, we have recruited a designer as well as other local volunteers. Now what is missing are funds in order to buy the school bus and to purchase supplies. I am personally contributing financially by paying the legal fees, but my funds are unfortunately not large enough to purchase the bus and all other necessities.

I am hoping our friends, neighbours and co-workers will be able to contribute to this project in order to help many in our community. For as little as a few dollars, you could provide a haircut and styling to a woman who, for example, is trying to put her life in order and has obtained a job interview after being out of work for an extended period of time.

I could go on and on about how this little rolling barber could be of service to so many, but I will stop here. For those of you who may wish to email me, I will be happy to read your comments, suggestions or questions. Please drop me a line at

Please give generously, every penny counts!

Anne Donovan