So what do they do? Look Good Feel Better is a charity that works with Kiwi women and teens who are undergoing treatment for various types of cancer. This in done in the form of practical workshops, where volunteers work with groups of women showing them techniques on how to apply skincare and makeup. The goal is to increase the attendees confidence and self esteem by helping them to feel better on the outside, during what is a pretty turbulent time. I'm sure that you guys understand that how we feel on the outside can be a HUGE factor on how we feel on the inside- and these workshops are a wonderful way to help people that really need a boost.
When I arrived at the Domain Lodge in Auckland, I was SO rapt to see that one of the volunteers was a fellow MUO! I won't name her because she's shy- but what an awesome thing to be doing on a Saturday morning- I felt all proud. There was a much bigger group of patients than I imagined- 16 patients, some with support people accompanying them. It was fairly quiet in there and I sensed that while the women were excited, some were perhaps pretty nervous as well...and fair enough too, if you think about it. It's such a vulnerable time for them, and it's very rare for anyone to know each other- also, we later found out the majority of them never wear makeup. A little bit of trepidation is completely understandable!
There was no need for worry. After briefly introducing ourselves, the wonderful tutor Lorraine spoke to everyone about how the morning was going to pan out, and what we'd all be doing. Each attendee had their own special workstation; complete with a mirror, makeup tools, skincare and makeup. I saw products from Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Clinique, Avon, Christian Dior, ArtDeco, L'Oreal & more. These are all donated yearly by the Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association of NZ, over 40,000 items which is amazing!
We finished up just after 11.30 am, which was when the lovely Simone from Hair Creations took the floor to show the women what sort of wigs and head pieces (hats and scarves) were available for them to purchase. The wigs from Hair Creations are subsidised for $400, with the cheapest wigs starting at $425- so they're definitely a positive, viable option for women going through hair loss. They are amazing wigs too- so natural looking!
It was time for me to leave at this stage, and I seriously cannot emphasise enough how wonderful this experience was. Watching how cosmetics items can help turn somebody's day around is one thing- but getting to volunteer and help them directly was on another level of awesome. I've decided that I'm going to apply for the volunteer certification programme run by Look Good Feel Better- because helping women to feel good about themselves while they may be struggling is something I want to do on a regular basis. You should join me! If you'd like to find out how to volunteer, or how to help in other ways, please click here or feel free to email me anytime. Thank you so much to everyone who gave me this opportunity!
One- we'll be able to show LGFB how much we care. Two- every single person that donates (no matter how much, even $1 is wonderful) will go in the draw to win a $100 voucher to spend at Mecca Cosmetica/Mecca Maxima!
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