SIMANGGANG: Around 500 secondary and primary schoolchildren participated in the ‘Back To School: Free Haircut Programme’ held in the Sri Aman Mini Stadium today (Jan 9).
The programme, organised for the first time by Angkatan Bersatu Anak Muda (Armada) Sri Aman, took place from 8am to 5pm and involved five professional barbers.
The head of Armada Sri Aman, Alexander Frusis explained the response to the programme was very encouraging and that many schoolchildren were present with their parents.
“This initiative is done to ease the burden of parents, especially from the low-income group, ahead of the opening of the new school session which begins on Jan 10.
“Haircuts are mandatory for male student s before the start of a school session.
“For parents who have many children, they have to spend a lot on the haircuts. Now a haircut for a child costs between RM5 and RM10,” he said.
Alexander added his party would continue the programme following the encouraging response from the community around the Sri Aman district.
During the programme, Alexander, who is also the head of Armada (Youth) Sarawak, also presented lucky draw prizes in the form of school bags and stationery to 10 selected students who participated in the programme.