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A helping hand

KIDS at the Cambridge Road Play & Learn Centre received a Christmas surprise from the nearby Warrane Pharmacy as part of Chemists’ Own’s fourth annual Help Us Help Our Local Community initiative.

A national program that sees pharmacies raise money for early learning centres in their local communities, the four-month in-store Help Us Help Our Local Community campaign saw one pharmacy in each state awarded a $1000 Educational Experience voucher to pass on to their local early learning centre of choice.

Warrane Pharmacy was the Tasmanian winner, and staff and families from Cambridge Road Play & Learn are regular customers.

“Because it’s our local community pharmacy we tend to use them rather than the other bigger pharmacies that are around,” Cambridge Road Play & Learn Centre director Jackie Hughes said.

“Sometimes when children aren’t well the parents will ask us to recommend a product, and we know what Warrane Pharmacy has got so we can send families down there too.”

The $1000 voucher is to be used with an online educational supplier, allowing the centre – which cares for 60 children every weekday – to purchase a range of equipment and toys designed to stimulate learning.

“We sometimes fundraise small amounts of money to buy one piece of equipment, but because this is such a big volume of money we’ve got the opportunity to buy something really substantial and worthwhile for the centre,” Mrs Hughes said.

After the Help Us initiative raised more than $10,000 for Australian charities in 2017, last year’s campaign saw 336 pharmacies across the country take part between August and December, using in-store donation boxes and sales of the Chemists’ Own Children’s Range to raise vital funds for local early learning centres.

“We have elected for early learning centres to be the beneficiaries of pharmacy fundraising efforts this year because of the vital role they play in our community in caring for our children,” Chemists’ Own brand manager Stephanie Calapa said.

“Help Us was designed to lend a helping hand to organisations that perform important work within their communities, and there’s no work more important than the nurturing and development of young children.”

Caption: From left, Warrane Pharmacy pharmacist Nicole (last name withheld for primary) with Cambridge Road Play & Learn Centre director Jackie Hughes, assistant director Teresa Swain and centre children.