CHURCHLANDS resident Margot Ward has dedicated the past nine years volunteering for support program Look Good Feel Better which aims to teach cancer patients how to manage the appearance related side effects of cancer treatment.
Having been in the beauty industry since 1974, Ms Ward was well placed to take on the challenge and recently won the Look Good Feel Better national volunteer of the year award for her work as a hospital liaison and team leader for the program.
Ms Ward said she felt honoured and privileged to have won the award and work for the not-for-profit national program.
“The workshops we run are amazing for ladies going through their cancer journey; we take them through skincare because the skin is really affected by the treatment,” she said.
“Many of them lose their hair, their eyebrows and eyelashes; when they look in the mirror they don’t recognise themselves.
“It can be very overwhelming and confronting for people; what we are doing is actually given them the knowledge and confidence to overcome those issues.”
Ms Ward said professional beauticians and hairdressers ran the workshops and participants were provided with a range of free, high quality products.
“The biggest reward for me is when they walk out of the workshops after two and a half hours feeling great and more confident,” she said.
“I can’t see myself giving it (volunteering) up I don’t think they’d let me – especially the girls in the team.”