Blooms The Chemist stores across the country have raised more than $1 million for Make-A-Wish Australia through local and national fundraising activities
This helps the charity to create wishes for children with a critical illness, the group says.
Blooms The Chemist is now raising further funds in the leadup to World Wish Day on April 29, with a goal of securing tens of thousands of donations from across its pharmacy stores from sales of exclusive keepsake Make-A-Wish pins.
Blooms The Chemist Karabar’s Retail Manager, Di Dallinger, expressed her gratitude to the local community for their support of the pin drive, seeing the Karabar store sell an average of 45 pins a day throughout April.
“The entire team at Blooms The Chemist Karabar have really made it their personal mission to raise as many funds as possible as part of the pin drive in the lead up to World Wish Day.
“When the pins sold out, our lovely customers have continued to donate via Make-A-Wish merchandise and other regular contributions,” she said.
“It is honestly so heart-warming to see the kindness of the Karabar community and others around the country as they rally behind the fundraising for these incredible children.
“With my daughter Bree being seriously ill for most of her life, I understand firsthand how important and lifechanging the work that charities like Make-A-Wish do. They truly acknowledge these families’ hardships and struggles by enabling and providing experiences that will be fondly remembered for a lifetime.”
Blooms The Chemist’s CEO, Phil Smith, says the pharmacy network is proud to be a longstanding partner of the children’s charity, which has been making wishes come true for critically ill children in Australia since 1985.
“Blooms The Chemist pharmacists play a critical role in our local communities, so it’s important we use our influence to help support life-changing organisations like Make-A-Wish Australia, a proud partnership we started in 2016.
“Blooms The Chemist has helped make unicorns fly, send rockets to the moon and more recently take Vivid to Melbourne, all unforgettable wishes that we have supported through the magnificent $1 million donation milestone – a figure that would not have been possible without the unwavering support and generosity of our local communities and our employees.
“These efforts have been especially important over the past year with more than 800 kids’ wishes delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mr Smith.
For five years, Blooms The Chemist has donated a percentage of its retail profits alongside community fundraising initiatives to the children’s charity.