Volunteer receives Premier's honour

SPIRITED: Whyalla Pink Spirits members Mary Holmes, Raelene Williams and Betty Moffatt congratulating Marie Woodfield on receiving her 2020 Premier's Certificate.
SPIRITED: Whyalla Pink Spirits members Mary Holmes, Raelene Williams and Betty Moffatt congratulating Marie Woodfield on receiving her 2020 Premier's Certificate.

Marie Woodfield's dedicated service to the Whyalla Pink Spirits Hair to Help Wig Library has been recognised with a prestigious award.

Ms Woodfield, who has managed the wig library since 2014 while also being the Secretary of the Whyalla Pink Spirits, received a 2020 Premier's Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Volunteer Service.

The library provides wigs to women who are experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy, providing them with peace of mind and removing some of the stigma from cancer treatment.

Ms Woodfield regularly meets with clients, arranges their appointment and organises a second member of the Pink Spirits to assist with the meeting.

Marie said she enjoyed providing patients with a nice wig that leaves them 'looking like they've walked out of the hairdresser'.

"The wigs are excellent quality, we buy from Bonnie Wigs who has been in the Adelaide Arcade for many years," she said.

"They always leave with a smile on their face, sometimes some tears - we drop a tear as well. It's very rewarding for me."

Ms Woodfield said she was very surprised to find out about the award, which was kept secret by the rest of the Pink Spirits.

"It was very humbling to receive this award," she said.

"But it's not just about me, i wouldn't have been able to do it without the team behind me, they all love doing it " she said.

"I really enjoy helping people, I'll always make myself available and can cancel any arrangements for an appointment at the wig library."

Pink Spirits President Raelene Williams said Marie goes above and beyond to accommodate the wishes of the client.

"Nothing is too much trouble for her," she said.

"This recognition is so well deserved."

The special award was received much earlier in the year, but because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the fact that group were unable to meet, it has only just been presented.