Raising funds for charity – the big hair chop

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Raising funds for charity may be something you consider doing through your small business. Please note there are a number of rules in running fundraising activities, and therefore it is suggested to do something along the lines of what we did here. The charity will provide both guidelines to running a successful fundraising attempt, but also will provide the official payment gateway, avoiding any possible questions of impropriety that could creep in if you collected funds yourself. We had auction winners donate directly to the charity page, and Tanja transferred the cash raffle money received on the day the same day.

This page is left here to provide ongoing thanks to our amazing supporters who helped us in donating 12 ponytails of hair (priceless – 10 from my crazy thick hair!) and $3585 in funds raised for the charity directly. 


Our fundraising event – the big hair chop

Since I was 10 years old I’ve had long hair. A bad haircut which turned into boofy wings when growing out completely put me off short hair. On Sunday 10 April 2022 myself and two friends and local Western Sydney business owners chopped our beloved hair off for charity. All funds raised $3585 (as at 20 April 2022) were donated to Variety – The Children’s Charity. Tanja and myself donated our hair to Variety’s Hair With Heart, and Sheila to Sustainable Salons.

Tanja Moukarzel of BYB Be Your Best gym in Kings Park, Blacktown and Sheila Cabacungan of Wealth Forum were the other lovely ladies involved. Although we chopped our hair voluntarily, when long hair is all you know, short hair was going to be a real shock!

Introducing my fellow hair chop team


Tanja Moukarzel

Tanja was the lady behind the hair chop. She shared her intentions to chop her precious long hair in her BYB Be Your Best fitness community, and I volunteered to join her! Tanja is one busy lady running a fitness centre in Kings Park Blacktown and mum to three boisterous young boys.


Sheila Cabacungan

Sheila Cabacungan is an independent financial planner in Western Sydney in her business Wealth Forum. She has a particular focus on ensuring small business owners do not retire poor. Sheila’s hair was donated to another charity – Sustainable Salons as it is long but dyed. She is also a Radio DJ with 2 shows on SWR 99.9FM.

Some images from the big hair chop!


Thank you to our incredible event host  BYB – Be Your Best Gym in Kings Park 

Entry and activities were free (except raffle and auction items), but of course we would prefer if you made a donation to the great cause! 

Doors opened at 9am 10 April 2022

Workouts: 9:30 – Circuit, 10:00 – Boxing, 10:30 – Stretch

11.15am live hair cuts and raffle commenced

11.45am live auction was held

There were other activities throughout including mini manicures, snacks etc.

Thank you to all our incredible donors


Auction is now CLOSED. Thanks to our donors for their generous auction items!

At the bottom of the page you will find the auction items and terms of bidding at the auction.

Thank you to the Western Sydney business community for your amazing generousity and donations! The following items were auctioned off live from 11.45am on Sunday 10 April 2022 AEST.


Two hour VIP Shopping Experience with Susie, Interior Designer from Casa Flair valued at $360

Enjoy a few hours with the wonderful Susie from Casa Flair. Susie has a flair for interior design with sustainable elegance. Worth $360. Please note the terms – to be used before 30 June 2022. Hills/Blacktown area. Check out Casa Flair!


60 minute Lymphatic massage from Innoshape Body Studio valued at $129

Valid for one 60 minute Ballencer®Pro Lymphatic Massage at Innoshape Body Studio Baulkham Hills.

Checkout what this is all about here: https://innoshape.com.au/ballancer-pro/

Thanks for your generous donation (there is another one in the raffle)!


Sennheiser CX 150BT wireless headphones valued at $109

Kindly donated by BYB Member Richard Nutt.

Thanks for your generous donation Richard!


The Clutter Bug 3 hour Pantry Declutter and up to $100 of organising products valued at $385

The Clutter Bug provides decluttering services to regain control of your house (and your life!). Create order from chaos with a de-clutter of your home.

Thanks for your generous donation Leesa!


Bella Fiore Floral Design e-gift voucher valued at $150

Bella Fiore Floral Design supplies fresh and preserved flowers to many venues, weddings and individuals from a base in Box Hill. Note the winning bidder will be sent the e-gift voucher so this prize does not need picking up.

Thanks for your generous donation Clare! Clare is an avid supporter of small businesses and events in the Hills District and surrounds.



HBDI® Individual Profile, course and online debrief session valued at $297

Jane Tweedy Founder of FAQ Business Training is a Herrmann Certified Practitioner enabling her to provide and debrief on HBDI® Profiles and Whole Brain® Thinking. This auction item does not need to be picked up or delivered physically. Please get in contact via email to gain access.

Thanks for your generous donation Jane 😉


Colour consultation values at $425 with Interior Designer at Inspired Spaces

Inspired Spaces can solve your colour choice problems and can select all the colours for every room in your home or office in just a few hours. You will receive large brush outs of the colour and a comprehensive list of paints (a schedule) to give to your painter or to do yourself. Use before 31 December 2022.

Thanks Robyn Hawke for your generous donation!


Hills Mobile Beauty Deluxe Facial and Pedicure

Apart from providing mini manicures on site, Alex of Hills Mobile Beauty is kindly donating an auction item of a deluxe facial and pedicure valued at $150.

Thanks for your generous donation Alex 🙂

Raffle items. Thanks to our donors for their generous raffle items!

You will find the raffle items and terms at the bottom of the page.

Thank you to the Western Sydney business community for your amazing generousity and donations! The following items were raffled off from 11.15am on Sunday 10 April 2022 AEST.


Raffle item - $50 Voucher from Luv Lawn Games?

Luv Lawn Games? is a Hills based business renting out giant sized lawn games for parties and events.

Choose your game and enjoy time with your family and friends (it’s got to stop raining sometime!). Thanks Louise for your generous donation!


Raffle item - 60 minute Lymphatic massage from Innoshape Body Studio (Baulkham Hills)

Valid for one 60 minute BallencerPro Lymphatic Massage at Innoshape Body Studio Baulkham Hills.

Checkout what this is all about here: https://innoshape.com.au/ballancer-pro/

Thanks for your generous donation (there is another one in the auction too)!


Raffle items x 5 - gift boxes of tea from Calm & Sleep co from $40 - $75 value each

Calm & Sleep Co is a proudly Australian owned business. Teas, bath soaks and more to calm you and help with sleep. The Calm & Sleep collection has been formulated with some of nature’s favourite calming ingredients to help you unwind and feel even more relaxed.

Thanks for your generous donations! Note this is 5 separate raffle prizes.


Raffle item - Cheeky Skin & Body Classic Facial Valued at $80, Kings Langley

Cheeky Skin & Body is located in Kings Langley and would like to off you a classic 1 hour facial treatment.

Thanks for your generous donation!



2 x Raffle Prizes - Kaya Services 2x gift packs

Kaya Services provide Virtual Assistance services managed locally in Western Sydney with VAs from the Philippines. Please note there are 2 gift packs to be won separately.

Thanks Yona for your kind donations


Raffle item - $60 voucher and a packet of coffee from Emu Coffee

Emu Coffee is an online coffee retail and wholesale business. Thanks for your generous donation!

The prize is a pack of coffee and a $60 voucher to buy more. Six Toe Stride is a house blend and very much the crowd pleaser. It is a solid allrounder that performs well both as a short black and also delivers a smooth cut through of flavour to your favourite milk-based coffee. It is a blend of Brazilian, Colombian and Indian coffee beans, roasted fresh each week by a small, family roaster in Sydney.


Raffle item - box of Cadbury Chocolates

Thanks Andrea for your kind donation of a box of Cadbury chocolates.


3 x Raffle items - 1 pair each of handmade earrings - My Sweet Serenity

My Sweet Serenity is an online gift shop based in Schofields. Three pairs of earrings are up for grabs (one per winner).

Thank you for your kind donation.


Raffle item - gift hamper from Camellia Lane valued at $60

Camellia Lane is a Western Sydney based boutique online giftshop.

White Sangria Cocktail Hamper valued at $60 – winner MUST be OVER 18.

Thanks for your kind donation.

… and a few more random items like a BYB Candle …

Proudly supporting – Variety the Children’s Charity

Variety – the Children’s Charity believe all Aussie kids deserve a fair go in life, so they support kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs by providing practical equipment, programs and experiences to help them overcome obstacles and live life to the fullest. Hair donations are made into specialised wigs for those who have lost their hair due to a medical condition.


Additional thank-you’s!

Thank you to everyone who supported by donating money to the cause, and to those who have supported us with your words of support.

Special shout outs to Cheree – hairdresser extraordinaire from Xquisit Hair & Beauty performing the great chop and Alex from Hills Mobile Beauty for supplying mini manicures to attendees. 

Thanks of course to Tanja and her BYB team for supplying the venue and workouts ahead of the big chop.

What great community spirit from everyone!


Auction terms – you must abide by auction terms before bidding on any items.

Auction was held live Sunday 10 April 2022 from 11.45am.

Auction will be broadcast on Live Webinar (embedded on this web page or open https://app.livewebinar.com/865-409-057), and on Facebook Live from BYB and FAQ Business Training. Please note that the auction bids will be based off bids received in person at the event, bids received prior to auction in the comments on this page (right at the bottom), and bids received during the auction via Live Webinar. Note DO NOT bid on Facebook Lives as there is often a 20 second delay and we cannot be held responsible for bids not received on time.

  • Bids may be placed in person at the live auction or via the LiveWebinar livestream which will appear on this webpage until the item is closed for bidding. You may bid prior (refer final dot point).
  • All items, unless advised otherwise, must be picked up at the event or from BYB in Kings Park, Blacktown, Western Sydney by arrangement with Tanja or her team.
  • All items must be paid for on the day at the event OR directly to the fundraising site. You agree to pay the fundraising page fee on top of your winning bid. Any item not paid for on the day will be offered to the next in line bidder. They will have till the end of the next day to pay their winning bid + fee to the donation site.
  • We will only accept bids from people we know, OR people who are prepared to pay a $50 non-refundable donation to the fundraising BEFORE the auction starts. You understand if you don’t win the item you have paid a donation to the fundraising instead. People we know can bid without this requirement. This is simply to avoid timewasters. 
  • We will not be held responsible for any issues with the auction, technology or time lags. Our decision is final and we will not be liable for any issues.
  • If you cannot make the Live Auction (online below or in person) we will accept pre-auction bids up to 11am in the comments at the bottom of this page. Please clearly state the auction item you are bidding on, your name, your starting bid (minimum $50 as all items are valued at over $100, some well over), and your maximum bid, and confirm your agreement to the auction terms. By making a bid you are agreeing to complete the purchase should you be the winning bidder.

Raffle terms – you must abide by raffle terms before buying raffle tix.

Raffle was held live Sunday 10 April 2022 from 11.15am.

Raffle will be broadcast on LiveWebinar (embedded on this web page under the auction section – add your name to open the livestream), and on Facebook Live. Please note raffle tix will be available at the event OR via donation completed by 10.30am through the donation site. You must note in the comment field you want raffle tix. $15 will get you ten tickets (please add the fee if donating online via the fundraising site). We are not responsible for raffle ticket requests not received on time.

  • Raffle tickets in lots of ten may be purchased at the live event till the raffle start time, or via the donation site until 10.30am, or until raffle tickets run out if earlier
  • Single tickets may be purchased at the event only for $2 a ticket.
  • You will have 30 seconds to claim your prize and you can take another 30 seconds to choose. If bought remotely and we don’t hear from you in that time we will put a prize of our random choice aside for you.
  • All items, unless advised otherwise, must be picked up at the event or from BYB in Kings Park, Blacktown, Western Sydney by arrangement with Tanja or her team.
  • All raffle tickets must be paid for on the day at the event OR directly to the fundraising site before the raffle cut off time. You agree to pay the fundraising page fee on top of your raffle ticket purchase.
  • If you do not contact BYB about pickup by 17 April 2022, your item will be re-drawn on a Facebook Live.
  • We will not be held responsible for any issues with the raffle, technology or time lags. Our decision is final and we will not be liable for any issues.

About FAQ Business Training

If this is the first time you’ve come across us you may want to know who we are! FAQ Business Training has a mission to educate and empower small business owners to learn enough to do it yourself (DIY) or outsource with confidence. We do this via face to face training in Western Sydney (currently all training is provided online), speaking at conferences, events and networking groups and we have launched our online school and membership, offering online courses and webinars to appeal to a global (English speaking) audience. Connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn.


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  1. robyn hawke

    Bid $100 for FAQ donation

    • faqbt-owner

      Thanks for your bid and subsequent donation. You’ll be emailed how to access your item soon!


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