Look Good Feel Better is a free national community service program dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by cancer treatment.
"Fourteen ladies sitting around the table at the end of a three hour fun session; smiling and applauding volunteers who showcased wigs and turbans with aplomb. I learned a lot about how to properly apply make-up using luxury products thanks to the beauty companies so generous with their donations… I have highly recommended the Look Good Feel Better workshop to others. I've just finished four sessions of chemotherapy, 33 doses radiotherapy and this was just the perfect wrap up," said Sally, a NSW LGFB participant. If you know someone like Sally, who would benefit from a #LGFB workshop, please encourage them to register via lgfb.org.au #lookgoodfeelbetter #LGFBAustralia #fightcancer #makeover #confidence
Women, men and teens participate in a practical workshop which includes sessions on skincare techniques to alleviate symptoms including dryness and sallowness; makeup tips to help patients deal with concealing redness and drawing on eyebrows; and advice on headwear including scarf styling and wig selection. Each participant receives a Confidence Kit, full of skincare and make-up products donated by the cosmetic industry to use as tools for application throughout the workshop and to continue in their own homes. Participants also benefit from the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation. Through our workshops friendships and additional support networks are formed that can help during their diagnosis and treatment.
Look Good Feel Better workshops are open to anyone undergoing treatment for any sort of cancer. In Australia, more than 125,000 people have participated in the program, which now offers over 1,000 workshops nationwide in 180 venues. The program relies heavily upon a team of 1,500 trained volunteers who help deliver workshops across Australia and as we receive no government funding, it is the generosity of the community that allows us to continue to provide this free service.
It’s important to continue helping cancer patients like Margaret who after attending a Look Good Feel Better workshop said, “I walked in hiding behind a scarf and walked out 10 feet taller. I paraded around town hoping to bump into someone I knew as I felt so good. This lifted my morale so much that I am sure my whole body has reacted to help me get through the rest of my treatment”.
Each workshop held across Australia costs at least $1,000 to run and with no government funding, LGFB rely heavily on the generosity of corporate and community supporters. How you can help support this cause:
- Myer will donate $1 from the sales lipstick and lip gloss.
- The Sydney Fringe Festival will host a Champagne Breakfast on Sunday 25 September at The Old 505 Theatre in Newtown.
- Sophie Robertson Scarves is offering 10% off printed silk and chiffon scarves, and donating 20% of sales using promo code LOOKGOODFEELBETTER.
- Priceline stores will be donating 15% from the sale of each brush from the LGFB make-up brushes collection.
- Hold a fundraising event, from a morning tea, to crazy sock days to Gala Balls and trivia nights, or become a corporate sponsor through events, product donations and marketing support.
Visit lgfb.org.au to find out more.