DDS raises $22k-plus for vaccines in India

Boy being vaccinated

Discount Drug Stores has raised over $22,000 with its flu vaccination health clinics and fundraising ventures for charity partner FreeToBe to help contribute to the vaccination, medical care, protection and education of disadvantaged children in India.

Discount Drug Stores administered more than 7,500 shots throughout its 145 stores and donated $2 from every flu shot to FreeToBe, intended to give a chance at a healthy and safe life for children living in Kolkata and protect them against serious conditions such as Hepatitis B, Typhoid and Tetanus.

This result was up 500 people from last year’s flu vaccination clinics, which were also well attended.

Discount Drug Stores Professional Services Manager Stephenie Shea says the ‘Get a Shot, Give a Chance’ program not only acts as a charitable deed for the disadvantaged, but it encourages communities to think about their own health and that of their family in the prevalent flu season. 

“Two thirds of children in India do not have access to life-saving vaccinations to protect themselves against preventable diseases such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Chickenpox and Tetanus, which are all highly rampant in India,” Shea says.

“Our partnership with FreeToBe has created amazing positive healthcare changes in not only our own backyard, but also in disadvantaged communities in India, for the last six years.”

Discount Drug Stores has worked with FreeToBe since 2010, and runs an annual FreeToBe month every May to help the not-for-profit organisation raise funds for children who have been rescued from circumstances such as child labour, abuse and exploitation, and vulnerability.   

FreeToBe Project Manager, Jeanette Thompson says the ‘Get a Shot, Give a Chance’ campaign has been fundamental in ensuring children in India are protected and given healthier futures, free from disease.

“Each year, vaccine preventable diseases such as Hepatitis B and Tetanus account for over 1.5 million deaths and about 1 million disabilities in children under 5 years of age in India,” says Thompson.

“Discount Drug Stores has been invaluable in giving children in need access to protection and necessary treatments from these preventable diseases.”

 “We are so grateful to Discount Drug Stores for the company’s ongoing support over the years. Their generous donations make our work in Kolkata possible and ensure we continue to make a positive difference to the lives of those less fortunate”.

Discount Drug Stores has raised over $260,500 for charities since 2012, and will continue to support community partners FreeToBe and Assistance Dogs Australia throughout the rest of 2016.


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