Green Cross Health is today announcing a partnership with Look Good Feel Better, a charity providing free skincare and makeup workshops for women diagnosed with cancer.
Look Good Feel Better hosts workshops that guide women through ways of coping with the physical side effects of treatment, providing advice on skincare and make-up regimes.
Grant Bai, CEO for the Pharmacy and Medical divisions of Green Cross Health, says the group’s Unichem and Life pharmacies are ideally positioned to provide practical support, with their network of 314 pharmacies soon carrying information about the workshops provided by Look Good Feel Better.
“Not only are Unichem and Life pharmacies found in almost every New Zealand community, but every day we are dispensing medicines to people undergoing cancer treatment and providing care and advice to them, and often their families and support networks.We are very proud to be able to provide Look Good Feel Better with an easier way to connect with patients, while having the professional expertise on hand to help with issues around health, wellbeing, skincare and beauty,” he says.
Look Good Feel Better have a target that nobody should have to travel more than 30 minutes to a workshop and staff from pharmacies and Green Cross Health support office are already signing up to join the 500 volunteers who will help realise this target. In the near future Green Cross Health will be working on a number of initiatives including the development of Confidence Kits from Look Good Feel Better for those unable to attend the workshops.
Clare O’Higgins, General Manager of Look Good Feel Better says she is thrilled with the response from Green Cross Health pharmacies.
“We were already working with pharmacies such as Unichem Waipukurau and Unichem Taumarunui who are helping make it possible for us to run workshops in their communities.Now we are starting to see even more opportunities open up.The expertise of the pharmacists and staff along with the easy access most cancer patients will have to their local pharmacy will give us a tremendous boost,” she says.
Now in its 25th year in New Zealand, Look Good Feel Better is supported by most of the major cosmetics companies. Last year more than 3000 people attended a Look Good Feel Better workshop and with makeup, skincare, skills and a positive attitude, helped transform the look and the outlook of cancer patients.
“Most of us know somebody who has, or currently is, having treatment for cancer and we are passionate about this partnership.The cause is very close to our hearts,” says Mr Bai. “We hope that by connecting more patients with the Look Good Feel Better programme through our pharmacies, we will be helping hundreds of New Zealanders during the years to come.” About Look Good Feel Better
Look Good Feel Better is the only worldwide cancer support charity, providing free, practical support to women undergoing treatment for cancer. Look Good Feel Better helps restore and enhance the appearance of cancer patients dealing with the side effects of cancer treatment.
Look Good Feel Better is there with support, guidance and free classes at a difficult time in patients’ lives when they need it most. Look Good Feel Better understands that the way we look on the outside can have a powerful influence on how we feel on the inside. With makeup, skincare, skills and a positive attitude, the programme helps to transform the look and the outlook of more than 3,000 New Zealand women with cancer every year. www.lgfb.co.nz