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What is it?
The Wig Bank is located at Gippsland Women's Health in Sale for women who have experienced hair loss due to chemotherapy. It operates similarly to a lending library where wigs are available for short and long term loans.
Wigs can be borrowed for short-term, for special occasions or for longer periods of time. Robin Wall can assist with fittings and styling of the wigs.
There is no cost to borrow the wig, but there may be a small one off cost to purchase the care pack (shampoo, conditioner, brush) to maintain the wig.
Why is it important?
For many women, hair loss can be one of the most distressing and visible side-effects of treatment for cancer. To have a wig bank where women can be fitted free of charge, for an attractive and suitable wig is a great asset which gives women the confidence to cope with their cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Who is eligible
The Wig Bank is open to all women residing in Gippsland who have experienced hair loss following chemotherapy.
Using the Wig Bank
The establishment of the Wig Bank at GWH has been made possible by a generous donation from local artist Ken Roberts.
He feels the funds from the sale of paintings from his “Local Women” exhibition is a positive way to help local women and honour his mother Jean Roberts, who survived cancer, but who sadly passed away in April 2010.