Hair care supports school in Uganda

Two hair care brands, including one that got its start on the North Shore, are partnering up to bring education to children in Africa.

AG Hair, which traces its beginnings back to 1989 when founders John and Lotte Davis started bottling hair care products in their North Vancouver basement, is teaming up with Chatters Canada to rebuild Patongo School in northern Uganda where an entire generation of children was left without access to education as a result of 22 years of war.

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The key to ultimately ending poverty and injustice for women in Africa is through education, and particularly education for girls, says Lotte.

Chatters has committed a minimum $100,000 to the joint effort.

On May 11, Chatters 92 salons will host a nationwide cut-a-thon event called A Beautiful Cause, where the cost of all haircuts will be donated to AGs Women Leading Change Foundation.

Chatters has one location on the North Shore at Park Royal Shopping Centre in West Vancouver.

Consumers can also contribute to the school redevelopment project by purchasing a limited-edition AG Hair Women Leading Change shampoo and conditioner box during May and June at salons across North America.

Money raised from the AG Hair and Chatters Canada 2013 partnership will build and furnish two classroom buildings and construct eight staff houses at Patongo, just a few of the changes planned for the school.

AG has been building schools for girls in Africa since 2008 and has raised more than $700,000 under the Women Leading Change Foundation.

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