Vol­un­teers giv­ing back to pa­tients

South Waikato News - - Out & About - TA­MARA THORN

Helpers from the Toko­roa com­mu­nity pulled to­gether to help make can­cer pa­tients look and feel good while go­ing through tough times.

The pro­gramme was spon­sored by the Lions group and run by Robin Creighton, who led dis­cus­sion and walked the vol­un­teers through ap­ply­ing make-up.

Re­tail worker Karen Ma­son spent the morn­ing at the Toko­roa Event Cen­tre help­ing peo­ple with can­cer.

The day con­sisted of meet­ing new peo­ple, get­ting make-up done, and talk­ing about wigs and wraps.

‘‘The make-up lasted about two hours, just in case some of the ladies got tired,’’ Ma­son said.

The day started with the vol­un­teers in­tro­duc­ing them­selves to one of the five ladies that turned up, then the make-up be­gan, start­ing with cleans­ing the face and ap­ply­ing prod­ucts.

‘‘I found the talk about skin­care very in­ter­est­ing,’’ Ma­son said. ‘‘And what chemo­ther­apy and med­i­ca­tion does to the skin and how well you need to look af­ter it.’’

Ma­son worked with Dianne Butler who re­cently over­come breast can­cer af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed last Novem­ber.

Af­ter Butler found out she had can­cer she re­mained pos­i­tive through­out her treat­ment.

‘‘I am lucky, there are peo­ple out there who have lost breasts,’’ she said.

‘‘My story is only a small amount of what some peo­ple have been through.’’

‘‘It was daunt­ing go­ing in there with no make-up on, but af­ter­wards I felt re­ally good and it did make me feel good be­cause I learnt some new things.

‘‘The cool thing was, the makeup that was used we got to keep.’’

All the prod­ucts that were used on the ladies were do­nated by com­pa­nies such as El­iz­a­beth Ar­den, Revlon and L’ore´al, and gifted to the ladies that took part.

‘‘I walked away feel­ing re­ally good about my­self, and felt like I did have a lot of help,’’ she said.

The Look Good Feel Bet­ter pro­gramme has al­ways been held in Hamilton in the past, and for the first time has come to Toko­roa.

The next Look Good Feel Bet­ter days will be held on Au­gust 3 and De­cem­ber 7.

PHOTO: TA­MARA THORN

Helper Karen Ma­son and breast can­cer sur­vivor Dianne Butler.

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