Call to pharmacies to support Walk4BrainCancer 2015

Walk4BrainCancer 2015, George Tambassis does skydive

National President of the Pharmacy Guild George Tambassis has featured in a video encouraging pharmacies to create awareness about brain cancer by supporting Walk4BrainCancer 2015.

In the video, Tambassis asks pharmacies and the wider industry to get involved by either walking to raise awareness or sponsoring teams or individuals.

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia charity partner, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, has set up the walks nationally in late October and November to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.

“My suggestion is that every pharmacy should get involved in this Walk4BrainCancer campaign,” says Tambassis.

“As little as $100 per pharmacy would be fantastic, as that would sum up to half a million dollars and this is the sort of money that the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation needs to run some really important clinical trials on new and emerging therapies that are being developed,” he says.

Last month, Guild member pharmacies received a Walk4BrainCancer promotional poster in their edition of Community Pharmacy newsletter. Pharmacies were asked to write the name of their nearest walk on the poster, and promote it in store to their staff and customers.

“My message to all pharmacies and pharmacy owners is at least put the poster up in your pharmacy and raise awareness for this horrible disease,” Tambassis says.

The Pharmacy Guild’s National Office in Canberra has set up its own team to walk this charity event to increase awareness about brain cancer. The team will embark on a walk at Canberra’s Stromlo Forest Park on Sunday 8 November.

The Guild team has been fundraising to help Cure Brain Cancer Foundation reach their goal of $1,100,000 – a tremendous contribution towards brain cancer research. Pharmacists can make contributions towards the walk and sponsor the Guild National Office walk via the team page on the Walk4BrainCancer website.

Earlier this year, George Tambassis embarked on his first skydive (pictured) to mark the beginning of the partnership with the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

The plunge was supported by generic pharmaceutical company Amneal Pharmaceuticals, who kindly donated $10,000 to the foundation in recognition of his jump, matched by a further $10,000 from the Guild.


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