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The head of a cancer support charity that partnered
with Green Cross Health last year says the two organisations have a
Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) offers free skincare and
make-up workshops for woman undergoing cancer treatment.
Information about the workshops is available in 346 Green Cross
Health pharmacies around New Zealand, and the organisation also
supports LGFB by running a fundraising campaign each year during
Clare O'Higgins, general manager of LGFB, says
the partnership with Green Cross Health, which started in June
2015, is helping them to "get out there in the community and be
"It's really humbling for us to have an organisation
like Green Cross Health take us on board. It's an enormous benefit
for us to be seen by [cancer patients] being recommended by a
trusted health professional in the community."
Ms O'Higgins says the doors Green Cross Health
continues to open for the charity are incredible.
"It's a beautiful relationship. The generosity in
their commitment is quite overwhelming, and I think we are a very
Ms O'Higgins says the charity's goal of having no
woman 30 minutes or more from a workshop has been greatly assisted
by the support of Green Cross Health.
Last year, LGFB hit the road in a 40-foot container,
offering travelling workshops to women in more than 20 regions
around the country - a feat, Ms O'Higgins says, would not have been
possible without a number of generous donations.
The group manager of marketing and communications at
Green Cross Health, Debbie Yardley, says the organisation is
"really supportive" of LGFB and the charity will continue to
receive strong backing from the group.
The two organisations are currently discussing plans
to make LGFB's workshop information available in 45 Green Cross
Health medical centres around the country.
"It's about widespread community reach. The
information is directly in front of people when they are talking
about their health.
"We offer a training room at our offices, and we have
helped to find and open new locations for workshops around local
Ms Yardley says the feedback from Life and Unichem
pharmacy staff has been excellent.
"Many of our pharmacy staff volunteer and they go
along to the workshops and are actively engaged.
"It's something they can get on board with and really
make a difference to people on a cancer journey in their community.
It really does help people's confidence and for them to face the
Ms O'Higgins says the feedback received from patients
who attend the workshops is overwhelming.
"It helps them to feel confident and feel like they
are in control…A lot of patients tell us they no longer feel alone
in their cancer journey.
"A lot of women just want to feel normal at the
school gates when they go to pick up their kids."
She says LGFB's services would not be possible
without the products donated by the Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance
Association of New Zealand, which supplies each patient attending a
workshop with a box of high quality skincare and make-up products
to take home with them.
This year, LGFB packed 3300 individual kits for women
undergoing cancer treatment. There are more than 10,000 women
diagnosed with some form of cancer in New Zealand every year, and
Ms O'Higgins says the charity would like to be able to reach out to
all these women.