A new charity supporting people living with cancer in the Northern Beaches region has officially launched with its first fundraising initiative #WigWarriors.
Formed by a group of locals touched by cancer, the Northern Beaches Community Cancer Care Charity (NBCCC) offers support to local cancer patients and is the first charity of its type in the region to work in conjunction with professional caregivers.
At its launch event held at the Balgowlah RSL recently, the NBCCC announced its first major initiative #WigWarriors – a fundraising campaign raising funds to establish and maintain a Wig Library at the Northern Beaches Hospital.
“In the month of April, we are holding our #WigWarriors campaign and inviting everyone who goes to the hairdresser or barber in that month to make a financial donation to NBCCC to support the Wig Library,” NBCCC chairperson and founder, Bonita Mersiades said.
“A Wig Library is a vital part of an Oncology Unit to support people receiving cancer treatment who suffer from hair loss.”
The Northern Beaches Hospital does not currently have a Wig Library, though space has been set aside to accommodate one.
“Our goal is to establish a Wig Library with a variety of different wigs, hair colours and hair styles, as well as give each person requiring a wig the right shampoo, conditioner and accessories to care for their wig,” says Mersiades.
In addition to #WigWarriors, the NBCCC will conduct fundraising activities to support patients through the delivery of a care coordinator across cancer types, specialist oncology clinical trials pharmacist, priority medical equipment, clinical trials support and support for people living with cancer in the Northern Beaches.