The Cancer Patients Foundation, responsible for running the Look Good Feel Better program, is an independent not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to helping people with any type of cancer manage the appearance-related side effects of their treatment.

Retail Beauty recently sat down chatted with David Blakeley, who held the position of Chair of the Cancer Patients Foundation board, for the last 17 years.

David, also ex-Managing Director of Chanel Australia and New Zealand, has been succeeded by Rosi Fernandez, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand of La Prairie Group, following David’s retirement.

Laboratoires La Prairie has been part of Beiersdorf,  a German multinational, since 1991. The La Prairie brand offers luxurious skin care lines such as The Caviar Collection and Swiss Cellular De-Agers.

With David’s departure, Rosi has taken the reigns with the vision of keeping the charity top of mind in the industry, ensuring its long-term success.

Having 25 years’ experience in the cosmetic industry – 10 at the helm of La Prairie Group Australia and New Zealand – Rosi joined the Cancer Patients Foundation board as a Director in 2018 and has shown boundless support of the charity since that time. 

Rosi said she was “so very proud to be entrusted with this role”.

“For the past 31 years, the cosmetic industry has donated hundreds of thousands of products, millions of dollars and many volunteer hours to ensure that cancer patients can face their diagnosis and treatment with confidence and dignity through the Look Good Feel Better program,” she said.

 “I am looking forward to working in conjunction with the management and board to ensure that we can grow the awareness of the service, so that more patients can be helped into the future. Our goal will be to ensure that all our supporters feel proud of how far their donations have gone to rebuild the lives of people undergoing cancer treatment, and to continue to be the charity of choice for the generous and united beauty industry in Australia.”

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