Discount Drug Stores has announced the company raised over $15,000 for charity partner Free To Be to help disadvantaged children in India.
Discount Drug Stores administered over 7,000 flu vaccinations throughout its 135 stores and donated $2 from every flu shot to Free To Be, so it can vaccinate children living in Kolkata against serious conditions such as Hepatitis B, Typhoid and Tetanus.
Discount Drug Stores professional services manager Casey Clark says the company was able to increase the number of flu vaccinations this year, which was up by 35% from 2014.
“All of the staff in our stores really got behind our ‘Get a Shot, Give a Chance’ campaign this year because they knew it was all for a fantastic cause,” says Clark.
“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 prevalent in India.
“This takes our total raised to over $100,000 for Free To Be over the last five years which is an incredible result”.
Discount Drug Stores has worked with Free To Be for the past five years to help the not for profit organisation to give children who have been rescued from devastating circumstances such as child labour, child marriage, abuse and exploitation, a second chance at life.
Project Manager at Free To Be, Jeanette Thompson says the ‘Get a Shot, Give a Chance’ campaign has been fundamental in protecting children now and will continue to be into the future.
“India has the second highest rate of Hepatitis B infection in the world and many children die from Typhoid each year because families just don’t have the money to pay for vaccinations,” says Thompson.
“Discount Drug Stores’ campaign has been invaluable in giving children in need access to protection from these preventable diseases and in helping to ensure they have a bright future, free from disease.”
“We are so grateful to Discount Drug Stores for all of the company’s support over the years. Their generous donations make our work in Kolkata possible.”
Discount Drug Stores will continue to support charity partners Free To Be and Assistance Dogs Australia throughout the rest of 2015.
Given this flu vaccination health clinic’s success, Discount Drug Stores plans to hold another two health clinics throughout the rest of 2015 including a breast health clinic and hearing clinic.