Jenni Tarrant, the genius force behind Bond Hair Religion is being recognized for much more than just her beautiful creative drive. On Sunday 29th April 2018, in front of over 600 of the Australian hairdressing industry’s elite, Canberran Hairdresser Jenni Tarrant was announced the recipient of the 2018 Vidal Sassoon Humanitarian Award at the 2018 Australian Hair Industry Awards Gala Night.
Sponsored by Beauty Gives Back, the Vidal Sassoon Humanitarian Award is an industry nominated award given to a person who has made outstanding philanthropic contributions throughout his or her career. The award has the honour of using the late great Vidal Sassoon’s name by his daughter Eden Sassoon, an advocate and supporter of the AHIA’s, in honour of her father and his humanitarian work throughout his career.
According to Kym Krey, Editor of HairBiz magazine, a major sponsor of the awards, Jenni was an overwhelmingly popular choice as the 2018 recipient.
“It was truly exciting for Jenni to be recognised in this way, bringing to light her tireless efforts to contribute to our world and make it a safer place for all. She has truly achieved some incredible feats in her humanitarian work -
she does NOT love going to the gym and working out. She does so to prepare for the feats of physical endurance she engages in to raise money for charity.”
“Additionally, Jenni does NOT like hiking or mountain climbing or riding horses. We know that most people have no idea that she selects journeys that put her as outside of her comfort zone as she can possibly be to encourage people to donate. Jenni truly enjoys raising money and giving it to the vulnerable in our community. Her generosity in ALL that she does and in so many other respects is nothing short of extraordinary.”
The inspirational Owner and Creative Director of Canberra’s award-winning Bond Hair Religion accepted the award humbly, stating, “Being announced Vidal Sassoon Humanitarian of the Year at the 2018 AHIAs was such a surprise – I am still very emotional about it.”
“To be recognized alongside such extraordinary people as past recipients Jak Vaessen, Bernie Craven and Brett McKinnon, is certainly a true honour. All my life I have strived to be my very best, I have faced times that I never thought I could have ever survived, I have seen darkness that was all consuming and I am so truly humbled and thankful for the love and support of so many that have helped to fuel my burning desire to make a difference in this world.”
Highly regarded and renowned in the Australian hairdressing industry and local community for her community involvement and support, Jenni has remained committed to fundraising for, and shining the light on organisations/events such as Canberra LifeLine, BraveHearts, Women of Spirit Awards, Shave for A Cure, Smile Project and Toora Womens Refuge. Jenni will also be part of a Hair Expo Australia panel called Safe Hands in June 2018, informing hairdressers how to help clients when they confide in them about family violence.
What’s Jenni’s next adventure?
Having completed a trek up and down Mount Kilimanjaro in June 2016, Jenni’s next big fundraising adventure will be riding across Mongolia on horseback to raise money for four local Canberran groups to help them provide much-needed services to the most vulnerable in the community.
“I’ve been on a horse once and fell off so this will be a challenge for me, but the end result will make it worth it,” says Jenni.
“Clients and the community can donate between May to September while I complete the trek. I will be with a guide and staying with nomadic families in their yurts; some parts and people have not seen many tourists.
For more information on Jenni’s fundraising efforts or to find out how to donate to the many worthy causes supported by Jenni & team Bond, please visit www.bondhairreligion.com.