Cancer Council WA Wig Library volunteers give back through program

Wig Library Volunteers Denise Schmidt and Barbara Harris.
Wig Library Volunteers Denise Schmidt and Barbara Harris.

LIVING in the same suburb is not the only thing Dianella residents Barbara Harris and Denise Schmidt have in common – both women have had experiences with cancer.

Retiree Ms Harris and banker Ms Schmidt both volunteer for Cancer Council WA’s Wig Library – a service dedicated to men and women experiencing hair loss as a result of cancer treatment.

The Wig Library service, based at Shenton Park’s Milroy Lodge, is run entirely by volunteers and Cancer Council WA hopes to fill a number of current vacancies to keep up with the demand.

Having been through her own cancer journey, the decision to take up a volunteer role at the wig library was an easy one for Ms Harris.

“After retiring I wanted to dedicate the extra time I had to do something meaningful and the Cancer Council Wig Library is a perfect fit for me, it’s a very personal experience and I thoroughly enjoy it,” Ms Harris said.

Ms Schmidt has been volunteering at the wig library for 19 years, dedicating one Wednesday a month to the Wig Library program.

Her cancer connection began in 2000 after her mother passed away from the disease.

“A year later my husband passed away from a brain tumour,” Ms Schmidt said.

“I always tell my family not to complain because the people I see through the service really remind me how lucky we are.”