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Big Brother cast members volunteer to help out hurting Langley family

Sarah Miller of Langley, a Big Brother 2014 houseguest, will be back in Langley along with other cast members at a fundraiser this Saturday. - Big Brother Canada photo
Sarah Miller of Langley, a Big Brother 2014 houseguest, will be back in Langley along with other cast members at a fundraiser this Saturday.
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Champers Salons in Walnut Grove and Big Brother Canada season 2 contestants are inviting the public to join them in a day of fun while also helping out the Cella family on Saturday, June 14 from 4 to 8 p.m.

At least seven house guests from Big Brother Canada show will be at the salon as well as The Sheyld from season 1. They will all be there signing autographs and posing for pictures while mingling with guests. All proceeds from autographs will go to the fund.

“For fans of the show, you know that to have this many houseguests in one place is rare at best,” joked Langley’s Sarah Miller, a BB Canada 2014 houseguest and co-organizer of the fundraising event.

Miller will be joined by Neda,  Jon, Arlie, Rachelle and Allison. Alex and Peter from season 1 are also coming.

“As soon as I spoke with the houseguests about this event and its cause, everyone jumped on board,” said Miller.

“Everyone misses each other so much. We are going through withdrawal.”

Miller was evicted in April but returned to Ontario for filming of the finale in late May.

While the show was going on, the Cella family, of Langley, had experienced awful domestic violence. They lost their family home and everything inside, including many personal mementos in the fire.

Rebecca Hewson, stylist and Champers head co-ordinator, knew she wanted to do something to help the Cella family. They have been getting their hair cut at Champers for more than three years, she said.

“We have grown to love them,” said Hewson.

As she is a close friend of Miller’s, Hewson started talking about wanting to do something for the local family and the two came up with the idea to host a day they have now titled “Be Strong Be Beautiful.”

“This whole event is inspired by the Cellas and that’s why we picked that title because they are strong and beautiful,” said Hewson.

A total of 14 stylists are donating their time, offering conditioning treatments and blow outs for $30. All proceeds from the treatments, which take up to 45 minutes each, will go to the Cella family. Shampoo assistants are also offering their time, to make each treatment run faster and smoother.

This year’s Langley Has Talent winners A Guy and A Girl will sing, and there will also be music from the Little India band.

The entire salon will be draped in purple, the colour dedicated to domestic violence awareness. Celebrate The Moment is providing the decor.

Treatments are being donated by Milkshake and 20 per cent of all the retail products sold that day will go to the fund.

Food is being donated by Ocean Park Pizza. There will also be wine served.

“It’s going to be a really wonderful day and we have had so much community support with so many jumping on board asking what they can do or what can they give,” said Hewson.

“We are really hoping the community will come out on Saturday and support the Cella family,” she said.

Champers recommends booking an appointment for a treatment beforehand, but will take walk-ins. They will honour the price if people want to book a treatment and come at a later date.

Champers is located at Suite 7-8790 204 Street. Call 604-882-8118 to book an appointment, or for more information.

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