A well-deserved reward

By Riverine Herald

ECHUCA hairdresser Felicity Collins has fitted wigs to hundreds of women undergoing cancer treatment in the past 10 years.

She does it to help them feel better about themselves, never for recognition — but last month she received well-deserved acknowledgement; awarded the Look Good Feel Better regional Victorian volunteer of the year.

‘‘It’s extremely humbling,’’ she said. ‘‘I cried when I found out. It’s very overwhelming.

‘‘With the work I do, I’m happy to be behind-the-scenes and I don’t particularly want to be recognised, but it’s lovely that I have been.’’

The Hakkas hairdresser has been involved with the Look Good Feel Better program for 10 years, teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by cancer treatment.

The free national community service program, run by the Cancer Patients Foundation, runs four workshops a year with demonstrations covering skin care, make-up, head wear and wigs.

‘‘Our local LGFB is exceptional as we get funding from the Girls’ Night Out which is donated to oncology and funds wigs for every woman.’’

She will now be considered for the LGFB national volunteer of the year award, which will be announced next month.