Scarves, turbans donated for Gladstone cancer sufferers

IT'S hoped the turbans and head scarves created by some charitable women in Gladstone will give ladies suffering hair loss during a cancer battle a reason to smile.

The 62 bright coloured scarves and 51 turbans were donated to the Gladstone Hospital today by the Rotary Gladstone Sunrise Club.

Cancer Council Queensland's Ashlee Hansen with Gladstone Hospital staff and Gladstone Rotary Sunrise volunteers Marguerita Dobrinin, Robyn McMillan, Spotlight staff member Melissa Harding, Gaylene Weir, Glennys Stallan, Bev Fellows, Marg Mollis, Linda Warne and Gaylene Byrne, who donated scarves and turbans for women with cancer. Photo Tegan Annett / The Observer
Cancer Council Queensland's Ashlee Hansen with Gladstone Hospital staff and Gladstone Rotary Sunrise volunteers Marguerita Dobrinin, Robyn McMillan, Spotlight staff member Melissa Harding, Gaylene Weir, Glennys Stallan, Bev Fellows, Marg Mollis, Linda Warne and Gaylene Byrne, who donated scarves and turbans for women with cancer. Photo Tegan Annett / The Observer Tegan Annett

Rotary Gladstone Sunrise president Marguerita Dobrinin was inspired by a woman with cancer who donated blood.

Ms Dobrinin, who is also works at the Gladstone Hospital, said she hoped their donation brightened up the tough days during chemotherapy for Gladstone women.

 

"I collected blood from a chemo patient one day and she looked really beautiful.

"She had a turban on and she had woven a coloured scarf through it," she said.

While Rockhampton has a permanent group creating these scarves and turbans, no one in Gladstone does it.

It's something that Ms Dobrinin wants to see changed.

"While the Gladstone ladies can pick them up in Rockhampton, I think it is important that it's done locally too," she said.

A variety of coloured and patterned materials were donated from Spotlight Gladstone.

The Rotary volunteers spent three days sewing the turbans.



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