WARRANE Pharmacy will be supporting local charity Speak Up! Stay ChatTY during the month of May.
Stay ChatTY was established in 2013 after its founder, Mitch McPherson, lost his younger brother, Ty, to suicide.
Warrane Pharmacy has established a hot drinks station in-store as part of its efforts to promote Stay ChaTY’s core philosophy of encouraging people, who may be struggling, to talk about how they are feeling.
“The hot drinks station encourages our customers to come into the pharmacy to have a ‘cuppa’ and a chat,” Warrane Pharmacy pharmacist Kristina Fox said.
“The pharmacy will also be donating a portion of the sale of chemist-own products sold during May to Stay ChaTY.”
Warrane Pharmacy will be holding a community barbecue at the front of the store (Shop 3, 14 Edgeworth Street) on Thursday 2 June from 10am to 2pm, with all money raised from the event donated to Stay ChatTY.
Ms Fox said she and her team had chosen to fundraise for the charity for a number of reasons.
“A large number of our customers struggle with mental health issues and as such, it is an opportunity to ask them how they are coping and find out if we can assist,” she said.
“Whether that is by discussing how their medication is going, seeing if they require referral to their GP or counselor or simply to have a chat.
“Stay ChatTY is a local Tasmanian charity, so the funds raised during May will be used in a positive manner to directly help the people of our community.”
Mr McPherson will be attending the barbecue fundraising event and will be available to talk to members of the community.
“We welcome anybody to come into the store to have a chat or attend our fundraiser barbecue,” Ms Fox said.
Warrane Pharmacy is open from Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm.
To contact the store phone 6244 1530.
Caption: From left, Warrane Pharmacy’s Kristina Fox, Nicole Parsell, Debbie McKibben and Speak Up Stay ChatTY founder Mitch McPherson.