Artist donation funds Wig Bank
Monday 2 August 2010 was a momentous day for Gippsland Women’s Health. The Wig Bank was officially opened on 31 July, with wigs made available for borrowing on Monday 2 August.
Following his successful exhibition ‘Local Women’, Gippsland artist Ken Roberts donated funds from the sale of his paintings to GWH in memory and honour of his mum, with the express wish that the money be used in such a way that would benefit women undergoing cancer treatment. Ken’s mother Jean was a survivor of cancer and so firsthand knowledge of the cancer journey was well-known to the Roberts family. Ken’s donation was used to establish the Wig Bank that continues to be a significant resource for the women of Gippsland.
The Wig Bank continues to be funded by donations and has expanded now to house more than 100 wigs of all colours, styles and lengths. Wigs are borrowed for as long as they are required and can be exchanged for a different wig if desired.
Ken, his sister Joy Landy and Jean’s sister Betty Flint, were in the building recently to see how his donation has grown to be a significant entity for the women of Gippsland.
“It’s very humbling that my donation that began the Wig Bank in my Mum Jean Roberts’ memory continues to help Gippsland women and I thank and congratulate Gippsland Women’s Health for making it possible” Ken Roberts.
Wigs can be borrowed by appointment, please call 03 5143 1600 or find out more here.
Photos: ABC Gippsland: Rachael Lucas
(Pictured above: Marg Centra, McGrath Breastcasre Nurse, Lynette Teese, Wig Bank Coordinator, Betty Flint, Ken Roberts and Joy Landy; below: A Wig stands on the table with a framed photo of Jean Roberts)