A businesswoman from Leven is using her new beauty salon as an opportunity to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines.
Eileen McGarrity, who just recently opened her salon Caledonian Therapies in the town, will be donating money from every Lava Shell Massage she carries out until the end of December.
The treatment actually originates from the crisis hit country, and was discovered by another British businesswoman, Claire Anderson.
While on holiday in Turks and Caicos in 2008, she discovered that Tiger Clam shells, which had been harvested by South Pacific Islanders for hundreds of years, were simply thrown away after use. But these shells are now used as Lava Shells to provide an innovative and environmentally friendly treatment which is like hot stone massage, but stays hotter for ten times longer. Eileen is now the only salon in Fife to offer the treatment after completing her training earlier this month, and confirmed that for every Lava Shell Massage treatment booked between now and the end of December, she will donate £2 to the Disaster Emergency Committee which has organised the collection of funds to help the people of the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan which hit the country on November 2.
Clare Anderson, director of Shared Beauty Secrets, said: “We have over 1500 trained Lava Shell spas, salons and mobile therapists across the UK so I decided to reach out to them with a few simple suggestions to help raise money for those in need.
“The response and support has been outstanding and I have been really touched by the support our accounts have shown.
“I feel between us, we will be able to help make a real difference to the families in the Philippines.”