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Look Good Feel Better

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Look Good Feel Better is a free national community service program run by the Cancer Patients Foundation, dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by treatment for any type of cancer.

Women, men and teens participate in practical workshop demonstrations covering skincare techniques to address common side-effects like dryness and sun sensitivity; makeup tips to help correct and conceal redness, sallowness, pigmentation and dark circles as well as techniques for drawing on eyebrows; and advice on headwear including scarf styling and wig selection.

Each participant receives a complimentary Confidence Kit full of skincare and make-up products donated by the cosmetic industry, and an instruction booklet to use as tools for application throughout the workshop and for continued use in their own homes.

Participants also benefit from the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation. During the workshops, friendships and additional support networks are formed that can be invaluable during diagnosis and treatment.

Over the next twelve months close to 900 workshops will be held in 180 venues across Australia, with the ability to support over 11,000 people undergoing cancer treatment. The program is managed by a small team of team of staff and relies on the support of 1,300 trained cosmetic, beauty and hairdressing professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to help deliver the workshops across the country.

With no government funding, the Cancer Patients Foundation relies heavily on the generosity of corporate and community supporters to allow for the Look Good Feel Better program to be provided to cancer patients free-of-charge.

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85 New Workshops Across Australia

Look Good Feel Better is dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by cancer treatment. Women, men and teens participate in a practical workshop which covers skincare, make-up and headwear demonstrations, leaving them empowered and ready to face their cancer diagnosis with confidence.

Funds raised through Dry July 2016 will go towards providing 85 additional workshops across Australia. These 85 workshops will directly support over 1100 people with cancer.  

Though the workshops are delivered by volunteers with donated supplies, costs to be covered still include:

-Postage and freight of kits to workshops across the country each week.

- Collateral and promotion of workshops to cancer patients.

- Volunteer and staff expenses to run and facilitate workshops (such as travel costs).

- Workshop supplies e.g. aprons, mirrors, instructional booklet to take home, make up pads and applicators etc.

About Our Workshops

Each Look Good Feel Better workshop costs approximately $1000 to run and supports between 12-15 participants who are undergoing cancer treatment.

Each year over 1000 workshops are held across Australia in both rural and metropolitan locations and support over 10,000 people. 

Through the support of Dry July, we hope to raise over $20,000 to help us provide at least 20 confidence building workshops to people undergoing cancer treatment across the country.

Meet Helen, a Look Good Feel Better participant

Register for a Workshop

If you are currently undergoing treatment for cancer or know someone who is and would like to attend one of our workshops, please register online or call on 1800 650 960.

Volunteer

Volunteers are vital to the running of all our workshops. If you are interested in joining the team to help bring a smile to person with cancer, please register your interest online and we will be in touch shortly. 

25 Additional Workshops Across Australia

The Dry July Foundation was pleased to award a grant to the Cancer Patients Foundation and Look Good Feel Better in 2015. 

The funds are being used to offer 5 additional Look Good Feel Better Workshops in NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA, particularly in regional areas.

Past workshop participants have said of the program:

“As I face the imminent loss of my hair, for most of my life worn long and, so, such a visible and intrinsic part of my femininity, I now feel I can literally ‘put on my happy face’ for the world. So armed, rather than be an object of pity (no hair, cancer victim, poor thing, so sad) with my new make-up, stylish wig and other glamorous head accessories, I can instead visually and powerfully proclaim my warrior stance in my battle against this most insidious disease.”

Catherine, LGFB participant

“I went with trepidation but my doctor said ‘it would be right mate’ and it was… It is sometimes hard for us chaps to speak about our personal needs but you made it practical and common sense.” 

Jeremy, LGFB participant


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