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Victorian Metropolitan Volunteer of the Year (2015) shares her thoughts on volunteering with LGFB.

“I am a Melbourne girl born and bred.  and love to travel. Now that our children are adults, my husband and I are taking the opportunity to travel both far and near. When I’m not volunteering I spend most of my time either at the gym, cooking or quilting. Whilst I haven’t been involved in the beauty industry for many years now, I am loving being involved with Look Good Feel Better and find it both enjoyable and rewarding.

I was fortunate enough to take part in a workshop while going through my own treatment for breast cancer and found it incredibly helpful. I wanted to assist other people in gaining the same benefits that I did, knowing there were some things I could control.

My current role is to show up and fulfil my commitment by doing the best job I can do on the day. The thing I love the most is that all the other volunteers I work with have the same attitude. We are all there to help where we can.

I have been a volunteer for almost four years and assist at a number of venues including Monash Medical Centre, Moorabbin; Frankston Health; St John of God, Berwick; The Bays Hospital, Mornington; and Peninsula Private.

By volunteering with Look Good Feel Better, I gain a sense of satisfaction from giving the participants something to smile about. A lady recently said at the end of a workshop that she could not remember the last time she laughed. That was pretty amazing to me. Our workshops offer so much more than make-up and headwear tips.

Being awarded Victoria’s Metropolitan Volunteer of the Year means many things to me but mostly it gives me encouragement to continue my volunteer work for as long as I can.

To anyone thinking about volunteering I would say do it. You will be empowered by the difference you make to somebody and the friendships you will forge.”