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Toorak College students sew caps for cancer patients at Frankston Hospital

Student Ivy Zheng, Claire Su, TIna Li & Lisa Cai with patient Joanne.

Seventy Toorak College international boarding students have spent the last 12 weeks sewing special caps for cancer patients at Frankston Hospital.

The students all made a cap each as part of a weekend activity, and came to Frankston Hospital on 6 August to donate the caps in person.

Peninsula Health Chemotherapy Day Unit Nurse Unit Manager Joan Thomas thanked the students for supporting their local hospital with this remarkable contribution.

“One of the well-known side effects of cancer treatment is hair loss. Hair protects the scalp, which can be incredibly sensitive, especially during the night when cancer patients are trying to sleep. Having a soft, light-weight cap to wear will make a big difference for our patients.”

“The students have done a terrific job sewing these lovely hats, which patients will be thrilled to receive.”

 Breast cancer patient Joanne Lamont (pictured) says the hats are awesome.

“The fabric of the hats is nice and soft on my skin, which can be quite sensitive and the fabric is a lot thinner than a beanie, so it won’t overheat me.”

“I sew myself and I think it’s great that the students are learning how to sew and doing it for a great cause.”

Former cancer patient and Toorak College Boarding Assistant and Craft Club Manager Georgie Anderson came up with the idea to make the caps together with the students after a discussion about activities that make a difference in the community.

“It suddenly became something bigger than just a community service project that the girls did ‘because they were told to’,” says Georgie.

“It became a beautiful time for the girls to share and also create something that will truly benefit someone who is just like their mother/ grandmother/ cousin because they wanted to.”

Toorak students with Boarding Assistant and Craft Club Manager Georgie Anderson, Director of International Education and Boarding Caralyn Dea and Nurse Unit Manager Joan Thomas at Frankston Hospital .