Dermalogica FITE and its ongoing global commitment to support female entrepreneurs just went local.
Announced by Jane Jose, CEO Sydney Community Foundation, Dermalogica has committed to a corporate partnership of three years to support the work of the Sydney Women’s Fund: This in addition to the mentoring program Dermalogica FITE currently hosts with Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections.
The two initiatives couldn’t have been better suited, and it’s a natural connection for Dermalogica Australia General Manger, Suzette Cassie.
“We are delighted to become the first corporate sponsor of the Sydney Women’s Fund,” she says of the independent not-for-profit fund which provides responsible advice to donors on how best to share and invest their wealth to improve the lives of others.
“The goals and initiatives of the fund align perfectly with Dermalogica’s FITE programme to bring financial independence to women in need and we look forward to making a difference in our local communities.”
With exciting initiatives lined up for 2016, as a proud Corporate Partner, Dermalogica and Sydney Women’s Fund will continue to develop its mentoring program and proudly champion future female entrepreneurs —providing access to education and ultimately the opportunity for women to run their own small businesses providing beauty, massage and nail treatments to the Liverpool community.
Making a Beautiful Difference
Helping to refurbish The Violet Room, utilised for training to further support the greater Liverpool Neighbourhood community, Dermalogica Australia has invested in the education and mentorship of two inspiring women, Melanie Minaca and Seruwaia Chung, who are studying a Diploma of Beauty Therapy and CIII to Diploma of Beauty Therapy respectively.
Single mothers and migrants, with English as their second language, both women share a mutual dream of running their own successful businesses after graduation and ultimately securing financial security for their families.
“I want to be able to financially support my children now and in the future. Having a business means I can pay my bills on time and give my kids extra things I can’t now,” says Seruwaia Chung.
“My greatest dream is to have my own clinic and employ lots of people and have lots of clients. I want to use what I have learnt and create a financially stable environment for my kids,” adds Melanie Minaca.
Dermalogica has provided the necessary financial funding for these women to partake in their studies and successfully graduate in July 2016, also helping refurbish a treatment room facility called The Violet Room that is utilised for training and supporting the Liverpool Neighbourhood Community – mentored by Dermalogica Australia’s, Jane York and managed by Patricia Hall.
“By providing scholarships to complete a Diploma in Beauty to disadvantaged women, it not only means that it changes the quality of life for themselves and their family but the whole community will be able to access a service that women from this background would never be able to afford,” says Patricia.
“We are very appreciative of the support we have received from Dermalogica. Without them we would not be able to offer the amazing programs, funding and support to our community.”