The generous ‘do
Once a month, after a day’s work at her Lawa Salon in Bukit Damansara, Nur Azmina Ahmad Burhan travels to the heart of Kuala Lumpur to serve a special group of ‘customers’ — the homeless.
As an active volunteer with the Pertubuhan Tindakan Wanita Islam (Pertiwi) Soup Kitchen, Azmina wanted to do more than just distributing food. So, she started giving free haircuts to the homeless after the Vice President of Pertiwi Soup Kitchen, Datuk Munirah Abdul Hamid suggested it to her.
“I started by myself and did it on my own for maybe about a year plus. As you may know, God works in mysterious ways; people started to approach me and asked how they can help out as well. So, I built a team called the Pop-up Crew,” she said.
The team consists of seven individuals, including Azmina, who are using their skills for a good cause. You might wonder why the homeless need haircuts but Azmina commented saying, “Everyone, no matter who they are, would want to look good and presentable because I think when you have a good haircut it gives you that sense of confidence — it makes them feel good!”
Most of her ‘clienteles’ are male; some of them would even request for a certain hairstyle or haircut, which she does not turn down and from what she’s observed it’s usually the famous football players’. However, one particular individual left a deep impression on her — a 60-year-old man with dreadlocks.
“One night, I just went up to him and asked if he wanted to cut his hair and he just nodded. I didn’t know anything at that time, but the rest of the people were surprised by his reaction. I found out later that it was hard for the others to get him to do anything or say anything as a matter of fact.”
“He just said ‘thank you’. It’s one of the fondest memories that I have throughout the years that I’ve worked with Pertiwi. It was nice knowing that someone, who rarely speaks, says ‘thank you’ to you. To me, that kind of gratitude is enough for me to keep doing this,” she added.