I was reminded on Tuesday evening, when I spent 3 hours doing some extra training with the Look Good Feel Better organisation for whom I volunteer, about what a fabulous program it is.
What is Look Good Feel Better – it’s a charity that delivers programs to people with cancer, in hospitals all over the world – from Australia to the USA, UK to Columbia, Norway to South Africa. Chances are, there is a Look Good Feel Better program in your country (and if there isn’t, it’ll be coming soon!).
The cosmetic industry donates products to be given to cancer patients who attend the program. Everything from skin care to makeup. In Australia we also have a program for men and teens as well as women.
Volunteers (wo)man the program that are held in hospitals all over the world. In 2 1/2 hours we spend time showing patients how to deal with some of the side effects of their treatment, including a make-up lesson, information about options with scarves and hats, as well as the opportunity to try on wigs. It’s time spent where you can pamper yourself and talk to others who may be going through similar situations. Friendships are made and lots of fun is had.
Participants don’t need to be losing their hair to come along. It’s a fun and empowering session and I encourage anyone with cancer to attend a session. If you know someone with cancer why not encourage them to sign up and come along, you can come with them too.
If you’ve got experience in the beauty or image industries why not become a volunteer? It’s a great charity and you are helping to build the self-esteem of many people.
For more information go to the website of your country.