Members of Ipswich Quota raised $500 from their social Wig and Wine Evening and donated the proceeds towards the Ipswich Hospital Foundation’s Wig Library.
The Hospital Foundation’s Wig Library is an initiative designed to give local cancer patients access to a wig or turban of their choosing during their treatment – all free of charge for patients.
Ipswich Quota Social and Committee Director, Lyn Jaenke said she has had friends who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and have used the Hospital Foundation’s Wig Library.
“We drank wine, and we wore wigs and we raised money for a great local cause,” she said.
“We thought it was a good opportunity as a lot of us know people who have used the Wig Library when they have been going through treatment and those wigs really have brought a lot of joy to their lives.”
“At least this will allow the Hospital Foundation to purchase new wigs.”
“It’s a privilege to be able to donate and help people going through their treatment in such a tough time,” said Lyn.
Special wigs are needed for cancer patients borrowing from the Hospital Foundation Wig Library, each coming at a cost between $200 to $500 to purchase.
Thanks to a volunteer wig specialist, each patient who borrows a wig has a personalised wig fitting where the wig is chosen, fitted, and styled to suit the patient, all at no charge.
Ipswich Hospital Foundation Chief Executive Officer, James Sturges said the wigs make a major difference to those who have lost their hair from their treatment.
“It’s incredible to see the transformation when someone comes in to borrow a wig from our library,” he said.
“It’s not just the wig making a difference to their appearance, but it’s the confidence in themselves that shows the most when someone borrows a wig from us.
“It’s even better to see the wigs returned and hear that they’re in remission.
“It’s donations like this from Ipswich Quota that help keep our Wig Library available at no cost to local women.
“Like Ipswich Quota’s motto, it’s all about caring and sharing to better health outcomes.”
Go Pink to fund specialised equipment for breast cancer care at West Moreton Health
Support is still needed for local breast cancer patients and choosing to ‘Go Pink’ with the Hospital Foundation is a great way to show support locally during Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October).
“I’m encouraging our community to ‘Go Pink’ with the Hospital Foundation this Breast Cancer Awareness Month to fund specialised equipment for breast cancer care at West Moreton Health,” Mr Sturges said.
“We need the support of our community and local businesses more than ever to raise much-needed funds for specialised equipment for breast cancer care at West Moreton Health.”
“With your support, we can make a local difference to the care of breast cancer patients in our community with new specialised equipment.”
“There are so many ways you can ‘Go Pink’ and make a local difference; like attending one of the many Go Pink Events, holding your own Wig & Wine evening like Ipswich Quota or simply donating online,” Mr Sturges said.