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A Dream Comes True Thanks to Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort


The Cutting-Edge project finalists with Peter Hopgood (second from left), Dani Haddad and the winner Mataiyasi Tuwai (center)

CORAL COAST, FIJI – A childhood dream of becoming a professional hairdresser has been realized for Mataiyasi Tuwai, winner of the Cutting-Edge Community Project or­ganized by the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort Bebe Spa.

The 38-year-old Nahigatoka villager from Nadroga won a scholarship of more than $5,000 that will allow him to undertake a diploma in hairdressing at Fiji Na­tional University Nadi Campus and gain work experience at Outrigger Fiji Beach resort.

“Ever since growing up in the village, I always dreamed of becoming a professional hairdresser, but I had never shared this with anyone because I knew that no one would support me,”

“God has heard my prayer through this scholarship. I will be able to enhance my skills and become a professional qualified hairdresser.” Tuwai said.

Outrigger Fiji general manager Peter Hopgood said he decided to sponsor the project when he realized that it costs more than $5,000 to undertake a professional hairdressing course in Fiji.

Thirty aspiring hairdressers from villages in Sigatoka were chosen to take part in the Cutting-Edge Community Project that was organized in conjunction with EmpowHAIR Ministry own­er, Dani Haddad, a professional hairdresser from Sydney, Australia, and a regular guest at Outrigger Fiji.

They were given professional hair cutting equipment valued at over $800 and a week of intense training. The group was then shortlisted to 12 finalists and after a six-month evaluation of their skills, Tuwai was declared the winner.

The second prizewinner, Akesa Kautoga, won a three-day course at Fiji National University and third prizewinner, Josinivi Vameau, a two-day course.

All 12 finalists also received a two-day bridal hair-styling course at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort.

“I congratulate the team from Bebe Spa for undertaking this wonderful community project. The Cutting Edge Pro­ject is what we are all about at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, giving back to our community,” said Hopgood.

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