Covering need for cancer patients in Cairns
IT doesn't matter if it's blonde, brunette, red or grey for some, a little extra hair means the world.
Cancer Council Queensland launched a free ESA wig and turban service this month, to give cancer patients undergoing treatment a solution to distressing hair loss.
The service means Cancer Council Queensland offices and accommodation lodges in Cairns, Townsville, Brisbane, Mackay, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Gold Coast, Bundaberg and the Sunshine Coast are equipped with "Wig Loan Libraries", so patients can borrow a wig at no charge.
Nine wigs and six turbans have been lent out in Cairns since their Practical Support Program began in December.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said they were also calling for wig and turban donations.
"The service has been very popular and we are calling for locals who have a quality wig or turban they no longer need to please donate them to this great cause," she said.
"Our Wig Loan Libraries are a tremendously warm and friendly environment where individuals can come for an appointment with a fully trained volunteer to have a wig fitted, enjoy a coffee and chat, and walk away having had an enjoyable experience with a wig or turban."
The Wig Loan Library initiative is supported by Queensland ESA International, a not-for-profit fund-raising service. tag To inquire about the wig and turban service, call Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.
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Top dressing: Natalie Mills of Cancer Council Queensland with wigs and turbans. Picture: STEWART McLEAN