Updated: May 3, 2020
Starring: St Giles Hospice, Deacon Colleen Shekerie, and Klassic-Koncept.
There is only but three elements, to what makes the combination of either, relevant and poignant, and to the degree that's raises the question of societal cohesiveness’, within that social environment that resonates the social could-do with a lot more brotherly love.
“The decision was a haircut, and not just any ordinary haircut, but a haircut that would require the knowledge, talent, and care to undertake such a personal, and very much a societal feat..”
The three elements: hair, charity, and the art. Looking at the element of charity, for all intentions on not wanting to procrastinate this universal understanding, we are looking at the role of St Giles Hospice, undoubtedly the catalyst for this fundraising challenge. St Giles Hospice, supports in communities’ nationwide, people who have a range of care needs.
Originally set up in 1983, by the Reverend Paul Brothwell, St Giles offers care to people with ‘cancer’, ‘motor neuron disease’, ‘heart failure’, ‘MS’ and respiratory disease, and although St Giles receives some funding from the Government, with 9 million pounds per year needed to provide their services, they rely heavily on donations and fundraising. Essentially St Giles was set up to tackle the taboos associated with illness, dying and grieving, encapsulating the very fundamentals’ of humanity - compassion, generosity, brotherly love.
Keeping these fundamentals’ of humanity, enshrined in the consciousness of our everyday lives, are people like Deacon Colleen Shekerie (Smethwick Old Church) And how best could herself convey the importance of St Giles and their work to the wider community as a whole, and no doubt unto herself.
Well, Deacon Shekerie has dreadlocks, or in Sankrit- Jada - belonging to spiritual men or women who serve and speak to spirits or deities, and keeping in with a biblical symbolism, Deacon Shekerie has been attending to her dreadlocks for a very, very long time, draping in at nearly five feet long, such a length of time begetting the role they play in the Deacon's life. The symbolism of "locks" has become a symbol, and attached to it one of a universal understanding, and what better way to resonate one's own expression of character, and how a charity as important as St Giles Hospice yoke the two, becoming a question to answer.
Drum rolls Klassic-Koncept- all things to black and curly hair- (but by no means exclusively) As an award winning, multi ethnic, cosmopolitan salon, like Deacon Colleen Shekerie, and St Giles Hospice, central to their fundamentals’ is the exclusivity, the three elements between them yoked together by understanding, tenderness, and yes; again the brotherly and sisterly love.
The script was written, the stage set, and as scissors cut away strands of dreadlocks, resonating with each snip a step into the new and brave, the symbolism of cut dreadlocks strangely enough laid all its history out for everybody to see. A poignant and inspired undertaking, so much so I'm sure quite a few tears were quietly shed. After washes, moisturisers, head massages and a hint of burgundy with a purple hint the transformation was complete, and wow, what a transformation.
Not that they did not before, but Deacon Shekerie’s eyes glittered frantically, her cheekbones appeared elevated, as was the spirit of everybody there. A fab haircut (said in the salon etiquette) and more importantly handled in the manner that the Hospice cause and Deacon Shekerie's intent, quite frankly deserved.
The acting characters of this epic coming together remain stars to be inspired by, their talents, convictions and dedications are an acting affirmation of aspirations to be inspired by, and non-more so by the very individual honour to have witnessed it.