Megan Waters raised $20,000 for the flood relief appeal in just eight days.
Megan Waters raised $20,000 for the flood relief appeal in just eight days. Supplied

Beauty goes deeper for this queen

THERE is much more to running a beauty salon than you may think.

Serene Beauty and Medispa owner, Megan Waters has proven that with the right motivation, businesses with small beginnings can achieve any goal, including raising $20,000 for charity in just over a week.

Ms Waters has combined running a business with motherhood and charity work, and was adamant she wanted to help when she heard news of the flood disaster in Queensland.

“I always try to do charity events; it’s something I’m passionate about,” Ms Waters said.

“It was a very quick put-together event. I organised it in eight days.”

Jesinta Campbell, the Gold Coast Titans, Casey Barnes and Councillor Chris Robbins may seem like an unlikely bunch, but when they heard of Ms Waters’ plans to host a flood fundraiser in Tugun they banded together.

“I was lucky Jesinta Campbell came into the salon while I was organising it,” Ms Waters said.

“She had time off at the time and organised a swimwear event. She gave us a lot of publicity.”

But Miss Campbell was not the only attraction, with dunking machines, jumping castles, Australian Idol contestant Casey Barnes and a fully signed Titan’s jersey among the festivities at the O’Connor Street fundraiser last month.

Ms Waters was completely overwhelmed with the amount of support she received.

“I was still receiving emails at 6am the next morning with businesses wanting to donate things,” Ms Waters said

“It was the little things that counted.

“Councillor Chris Robbins was at Bunnings buying me rubbish bins.

People were just happy to do whatever was needed.”

Ms Waters believes education and charity work are the most rewarding part of owning a business.

“We try and do all we can to give back to our community,” she said.

“I love helping others in all ways, but that comes from the industry I have worked in for so long.”

However, the wider community are not the only ones reaping the benefits of her hands-on approach to management.

Her staff also regularly receive nominations for industry awards.

“We won the Southern Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce Award in 2007 and we were Finalists in 2009,” Ms Waters said.

“My manager has just been crowned the 2010 Association of Professional Aesthiticians of Australia Employee of the Year.

“Entering awards is important for business.

“They reward my staff for their hard work and dedication.”

In spite of her hectic schedule, Ms Waters has her ambitions firmly set for the future.

“The future for our industry holds so many exciting possibilities,” Ms Waters said.

“Afters so many years I still walk into my business and get a buzz out of what I have achieved and all that we are doing.”

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