Capital Chemist raises funds for firies


Melita Flynn, Capital Chemist Community Program Manager; Andrew White, partner, Capital Chemist Batemans Bay and Batehaven Pharmacy; and Andrew Topp, Capital Chemist Group Business Manager, with representatives from local RFS branches.
Melita Flynn, Capital Chemist Community Program Manager; Andrew White, partner, Capital Chemist Batemans Bay and Batehaven Pharmacy; and Andrew Topp, Capital Chemist Group Business Manager, with representatives from local RFS branches.

Capital Chemist gives back to the community after the devastating fires of 2019-20

Fifteen months after fires devastated the communities of a dozen of their pharmacies, the team from Capital Chemist say they were thrilled to present a cheque for $15,000 to six brigades from the NSW Rural Fire Service on the South Coast and region around Canberra.

The cheque was presented at Batehaven Pharmacy in Batemans Bay.

Batehaven had been listed by the Pharmacy Guild in 2020 as the site of above-and-beyond efforts from pharmacy workers during the fires.

It was where Andrew White, partner, Capital Chemist Batemans Bay and Batehaven Pharmacy, and his team worked through the night by torchlight – after a total loss of power to the Batehaven pharmacy – to pack and personally deliver around 600 medication packs for stranded people.

The funds which have now been donated by Capital Chemist were raised from gold coin donations from the group’s annual calendar, which also supported the region using images from a local photographer showing the natural beauty of the Batemans Bay area.

The funds will be shared with some of the smaller RFS sheds in the region including Nerrigundah, Belowra, Deua River, Runnyford, Malua Bay and Wallaroo. 

Funds donated have been earmarked to provide GPS communications equipment and repeaters to improve communications

Subsequent to the ceremony, additional funds have been made available to the tiny RFS branch at Tinpot in the mountains behind Narooma.

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