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The feel-good program that delivers a confidence boost to cancer patients

Upon hearing about the work done by Look Good Feel Better, a national community service program dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by cancer treatment, Nicole Jervis knew it was something she wanted to be involved with. “I have worked in many different charities and what I liked about Look Good Feel Better was that it was making an immediate impact in the life of someone going through cancer treatment,” says Nicole, the program’s Fundraising Manager. “Through providing cancer patients with an opportunity to learn new skills to deal with the physical changes that their treatment will cause, we are hopefully giving them the confidence they need to get through a difficult time.”

A major aim of the workshops is inclusiveness: the Look Good Feel Better program is free and open to anyone going through any type of cancer treatment. “Our workshops are held in over 180 venues across Australia to make sure we are reaching those in need. We don’t want people having to travel hours to benefit from a workshop – we want them to be close to home and able to meet others within their community going through a similar experience.”

The IMB Bank Community Foundation’s support of Look Good Feel Better over the last three years has led to the funding of several workshops. “I have grown up in the Sutherland Shire and still live here,” says Nicole. “These workshops are personal to me as they help people within my own community that I see and talk to each day. Support from ICF has allowed us to run six workshops and directly support over 75 local residents each year.”

Nicole says a large part of her job satisfaction comes from seeing the positive effect of her fundraising efforts. “At one workshop, a lady who’d had cancer for over a decade attended. She was incredibly hesitant to take part but eventually allowed a volunteer to conceal some redness on her skin. She burst into tears, crying from sheer happiness. She said she had given up on going out due to the appearance of her skin and for the first time in 10 years she looked in the mirror and could see her old self. People may look at our program and think it’s not that important but the empowerment and confidence that our workshops provide help in a very different way to medicine.”

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Helping build and strengthen our local communities since 1999

As a mutual bank, supporting our local communities is important to us. We believe in supporting projects that foster inclusion, encourage volunteering and create sustainable outcomes, enabling the communities around us to thrive.

Over the last 20 years, The IMB Bank Community Foundation has invested over $10 million to support over 700 community projects. We’re very proud of the projects we’ve supported and each year we marvel at the wonderful achievements of our funding recipients.

These diverse and meaningful grassroots programs are found wherever IMB Bank operates — Sydney, The Hunter, The Illawarra, Southern Highlands and Far South Coast NSW.

Previous funding recipients

Farmborough Heights Rural Fire Brigade

A thermal imaging camera will enable The Farmborough Heights Rural Fire Brigade’s volunteer members to fully interpret a fire scene providing accurate situational awareness both day and night. It will also assist in search and rescue operations at any time and in any light conditions.

Giralang/Kaleen Men's Shed

The Giralang/Kaleen Men's Shed offers all men access to a range of activities including a woodworking workshop, garden, physical activity such as walking, and social interaction. Members will be trained in first aid to support shed members if needed.

Girl Guides Association of NSW

Building on a century of adventure, fun and friendship, Girl Guides empowers girls and young women to grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community members. The project will allow Girl Guides to offer abseiling, high ropes and rock-climbing experiences in the local region providing opportunities for the girls to grow, learn and have fun in the outdoors.

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