THE DREAM BALL 2017, HELD IN THE GRAND BALLROOM OF THE NEW SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL CENTRE, ONCE AGAIN DIDN’T DISAPPOINT.
Over 500 of the charity’s most passionate supporters gathered together for an incredible night of food and entertainment, but more importantly to raise the vital funds that will deliver Look Good Feel Better’s (LGFB) confidence building workshops to patients around the country over the next twelve months.
Australian television icon and Patron of the charity, Kerri-Anne Kennerley hosted the Dream Ball 2017, with Carlos C Major and Mindy Jackson ensuring guests danced the night away as the night progressed.
Dream Ball gives us a poignant reminder of the impact made at every Look Good Feel Better workshop. David Blakeley, Chairman of the Cancer Patients Foundation and Look Good Feel Better, and Managing Director of Chanel, reminded us that “cancer robs a person of their sense of self. Suddenly you’re no longer the mother, father, sister, brother, wife, husband or colleague; you’re “the cancer patient.” Look Good Feel Better offers workshops that give cancer patients the tools and techniques to feel confident and in control. In doing so, it helps restore a sense of self and renew a feeling of empowerment”.
Christine, the incredible guest speaker and past participant, who has had a long history with cancer having been diagnosed four times, reiterated David’s sentiment. She told us “during my latest treatment my self-image did take a battering. I would look in the mirror and see a sick skinny hairless person staring back – like some kind of alien – and when you’re in the thick of it, you don’t have the energy to make the effort to try to look good. After I attended the Look Good Feel Better workshop – my first time despite numerous other chemo treatments – I felt great. I walked out of there on an emotional high, knowing the make-up made me look less sick – and that it was possible, given the amazing instruction by the wonderful volunteers, that I could do this to my face every day and feel good”.
A wonderful night was had by all, with a record 113 workshops sponsored! Carol Kavurma, National Manager Cancer Patients Foundation and Look Good Feel Better, says: “We would
like to take this opportunity to thank all of LGFBs incredible supporters – those who were at Dream Ball, or donated prizes, and the many others who support Look Good Feel Better either financially, through stock donations, services in kind and by volunteering (or in all of these ways!). Without you, the program could not have assisted 130,000 patients across Australia since its inception in 1990. We are proud of this achievement and hope you will continue your support to ensure that Look Good Feel Better can be there for any cancer patient when they need it”.
If you’d like to find out more about LGFB volunteering and donating, or anything else about the foundation or workshops, check out the website: www.lgfb.org.au