Enjoying the pamper day at CQUniversity are (from left) June Jago, Melissa Le Hir, Debbie Rosenthal, Samantha Nelson, (centre back) Tink McMullen and Danielle Alder.
Enjoying the pamper day at CQUniversity are (from left) June Jago, Melissa Le Hir, Debbie Rosenthal, Samantha Nelson, (centre back) Tink McMullen and Danielle Alder. Paul Braven

Pamper day a boost for cancer sufferers

PEOPLE touched by cancer were treated to a special pamper day at the CQUniversity Gladstone campus beauty salon on Wednesday.

Reporter Laura McKee dropped in for a chat with some of the students and patients.

June Jago came along with her friend Debbie.

"We've been friends for three years and we do tai chi together every week.

"I haven't had a facial for about 15 years so this is lovely and relaxing.

"I do volunteer work at Meals on Wheels and there's nothing more rewarding than helping people."

Tink McMullen is the creator of Tink's Wish List and organised Wednesday's event.

"I invited six cancer sufferers and survivors but they were all quite ill.

"Most people have long journeys when it comes to cancer so I wanted to do something small today.

"I've lost a couple of people lately to illness. It can get a bit hard sometimes." 

Danielle Alder is 18 and spends most of her time watching make-up tutorials on YouTube.

"I am doing my Certificate III in beauty services. My goal is to do celebrity make-up or make-up for girls' formals.

"I came from Mackay this year. We are all friends in the class and help each other out with assessment." 

Samantha Nelson enjoys waxing and doing make-up.

"I'm in my first term here. It's a lot of fun and the study is good. I want to open up a place at my house so that's why I got into beauty here.

"It's great getting to know people that come in all the time for appointments. It's also good work experience."

Debbie Rosenthal has had a facial and manicure so far.

"I had breast cancer 10 years ago and I underwent chemo and radiation. I had a double mastectomy.

"I was diagnosed in 2005 and I've been in remission since. My family has a strong history of it.

"My grandma, mum and sister all suffered from it. I also have a disabled son so it's a nice morning out for me."

Melissa Le Hir is painting June's nails bright purple.

"I'm doing my Diploma of Beauty at CQU and I'm in my first term. I love it. I'd like to open my own beauty salon.

"Today's a really good day. My father-in-law died of cancer a few years ago.

"A friend passed away last week from lung cancer and my mum's had it too. I'm happy to give back."



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