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Local pharmacies support Australia’s next generation of champions

WARRANE Pharmacy and Rokeby Discount Drug Store have joined 338 pharmacies across Australia in the Chemists’ Own 2019 ‘Help Us Help Our Local Community’ initiative to help raise funds for early learning centres in their local communities.

Now in its fifth year, the grassroots initiative sees pharmacies raise money through in-store donations and sales of Chemists’ Own range of products to donate to their local early learning centres.

Warrane Pharmacy is raising funds for Green Leaves Early Learning Centre, while Rokeby Discount Drug Store has elected Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre.

Warrane Pharmacy dispensary technician Nicole Downie said it was a good cause to help boost local communities.

“The community supports us, so we support them by giving back,” she said.

“It will keep them up to date and the kids will get the benefits of learning before they go to preschool.

“It’s a wonderful thing to work with local business like childcare centres – it’s all about working together within a community.”

Pharmacist Mieka de Vries said there was a strong bond within the community.

“We’re a pharmacy where we know our customers and they know us – it’s very community based,” she said.

“When we do initiatives like this, there is a lot of support because it’s more personal.”

Chemists’ Own brand manager Stephanie Calapa said the Help Us Help Our Local Community initiative was designed to support organisations and programs that do meaningful work and play a caring role within communities.

“Early learning centres were an obvious choice to be beneficiaries of Help Us in light of all the wonderful work they do in caring for the next generation,” she said.

“As a trusted cornerstone in communities, we are delighted to see that so many pharmacies are keen to participate in the initiative and raise funds for their local centres.”

Five pharmacies will be selected to receive a $1000 educational experience voucher to donate to their early learning centre of choice.

The campaign began in September and will run until December, with the winning pharmacy fundraisers in each category being announced on 6 December.

As part of the initiative, Chemists’ Own has also released a children’s activity book that has been gifted to more than 1000 early learning centres and participating pharmacies nationally.

Caption: From left, Warrane Pharmacy dispensary technician Nicole Downie, pharmacist Mieka de Vries and Arrow Pharmaceuticals Tasmanian account manager Julie Hill.