By MICHELLE DAY
WITH their wings, sparkles and cheeky smiles they looked like fairies - but instead of wands they waved hairdryers.
The staff of Hairy Rumours at Park Beach Plaza were delighted to dress up yesterday for Make A Wish Day, raising funds to help the Make A Wish Foundation grant mini miracles to terminally ill children.
Owner Melissa Bulloch said it was the first time the salon had participated in fundraising, although she and her husband had been involved in the Foundation for years.
"A girlfriend of ours first started to get involved in it and made us aware of what it is about," she said.
"I think we'll probably do it (dress up and help sell Make A Wish merchandise) again -- it has been lots of fun and we have all got our costumes now, we will have to wear them again."
Make A Wish Foundation Coffs Harbour president Laurie Jackson said fundraising merchandise, including wands, pens and magnetic photo frames, sold well yesterday and will be available at Hairy Rumours and Best and Less over the weekend.
"Make A Wish Day usually raises a couple of thousand dollars locally, roughly," he said.
"We've been going three and a half years now in Coffs and we've raised about $50,000 in total."
His eyes dampened as he talked about the four wishes currently being granted in the Coffs Harbour area, which covers a radius of about 300 kilometres.
"The most popular wish is to swim with the dolphins - the kids love it," he said.
"We have granted 59 wishes over the past three and a half years, which is good."
Laurie started the Coffs Harbour branch after moving here from Mt Gambier, where he was involved in the Make A Wish Foundation.
"We moved here five years ago and got it going. There is a fair bit of support locally."
Anyone who would like to donate to the Foundation can phone them on 1800 032 260.