Look Good…Feel Better regional co-ordinator Helena Katerinka, of Tura Beach, has been honoured as the organisation’s Regional Volunteer of the Year.
Look Good…Feel Better is an initiative of the cosmetic industry that aims to boost the self-esteem and confidence of women undergoing cancer treatment with free make-up workshops.
State manager of LGFB Joanne Meehan travelled from Sydney to present Ms Katerinka with her award.
“Helena is being recognised with this award because of the tireless dedication and commitment she’s shown to Look Good…Feel Better over the last 10 years,” she said.
“From training volunteers to running workshops, to setting up the wig library for this region, she does everything so wonderfully well.
“Her dedication and enthusiasm fully embraces the ethos of Look Good…Feel Better, and she really deserves this honour.”
Ms Katerinka was also presented with a huge bouquet of flowers by Bega District Hospital nurse Margaret Theris on behalf of staff, patients and volunteers from the oncology unit.
However, for Ms Katerinka there was no time to celebrate as it was business as usual as she conducted another LGFB workshop.
Ms Katerinka runs four workshops a year at Bega hospital for women undergoing chemotherapy.
With morning tea and lunch put on by the dedicated volunteers of Bega hospital’s oncology unit, workshop days also provide a chance for patients to socialise and have a relaxing day out.
The make-up workshops not only aim to help women feel better about themselves, but also give them practical options to deal with the hair loss and changes in skin texture associated with chemotherapy treatment.
There is at least one volunteer for every patient, ensuring women receive plenty of one-on-one attention throughout the two-hour workshop.
Ms Katerinka took up the position of regional co-ordinator shortly after moving to the South East from Sydney in 2002.
She taught beauty therapy in Sydney and has put her skills to good use since joining LGFB.
Ms Katerinka was not only runs numerous workshops and trains volunteers from throughout the Bega Valley Shire to assist her, but she also set up a wig library for the area after learning the nearest one was in Canberra.
When asked about the award, the very humble Ms Katerinka would only say she felt “extremely honoured” before turning her full attention back to the patients at her workshop.
For more information or to book a place in an upcoming workshop, call 1800 650 960 or visit www.lgfb.org.au.