NAPSA to host 2018 Charity Cup


NAPSA Pharmacy Awareness Chair Stephanie Samios, with founder and director of Fullife Foundation Ian Shanks, who is a Victorian pharmacist
NAPSA Pharmacy Awareness Chair Stephanie Samios, with founder and director of Fullife Foundation Ian Shanks, who is also a Victorian pharmacist.

Australian pharmacy schools will join together to raise much-needed funds for a pharmacist-run charity that supports women and children in Africa

From 2 April until 1 June, NAPSA will be raising money to support the Fullife Foundation, a charity was established to improve the health of women and children in Africa, particularly in Ethiopia.

The founder and director of Fullife Foundation, Ian Shanks, is an Australian pharmacist who works in Victoria.

Mr Shanks travels to Ethiopia every year donating the raised funds to the poorest regions.

Currently, the foundation aims to build a health post in the Shurmo region of Ethiopia, with an estimated total cost of $48,800.

This building will be the health hub for a community of 8000+ people, conducting first contact assessments with patients, monitoring, immunising and supervising maternal and child health issues, with referring more serious cases.

The state of the current health post. The Fullife Foundation will be rebuilding another one in Ethiopia at a new location with electricity and clean water.
The state of the current health post. The Fullife Foundation will be rebuilding another one in Ethiopia at a new location with electricity and clean water.

As well as raising funds for the building of this health post, birthing kits will also be packed by pharmacy students nationally, and will be sent to aid the women in Ethiopia for a more sanitary birthing environment.

NAPSA Pharmacy Awareness Chair, Stephanie Samios, has worked in conjunction with each pharmacy school to ensure adequate organisation and preparation for what she hopes will be the most successful Charity Cup to date.

“I have been hearing such positive things from our pharmacy school presidents and their pharmacy awareness representatives about Fullife Foundation and their ideas for fundraising this year,” said Ms Samios.

“Passion, dedication and enthusiasm are all being displayed in full force in preparation for Charity Cup. I am so excited to support a group of pharmacy branches who are immersing themselves in this campaign and the selfless act of improving or even saving the lives of those in need.”

In addition to raising funds, pharmacy schools will also be packing birthing kits as part of the Charity Cup.
In addition to raising funds, pharmacy schools will also be packing birthing kits as part of the Charity Cup.

“We really appreciate the opportunity to work with NAPSA, and we will do all we can to ensure this year’s NAPSA Charity Cup is the best ever,” said Mr Shanks.

A NAPSA Everyday Hero Page has been launched, and NAPSA Pharmacy School branches will be joining the Charity Cup team in the coming weeks. Chocolate drives, cocktail nights, barbeques and bake sales are only some of the events branches are in the midst of organising in time for Charity Cup commencement.

NAPSA National President Sandra Minas is excited to be fundraising for Fullife Foundation.

“We are proud to be supporting such an amazing cause, aiming to create an impact in the lives of women and children. It is also inspiring that the founder and director of Fullife, Ian Shanks, is an Australian pharmacist, showing our members that we truly have no limits in our pharmacy profession,” said Ms Minas.

“I am so excited to see how each branch across Australia will come together once again to truly make a difference.”

NAPSA encourages pharmacy students, pharmacists and anyone who would like to support Fullife Foundation to donate to the Everyday Hero donation page linked here.

“Charity Cup is not just about which pharmacy branch can raise the most money, but also a time where each pharmacy school comes together to represent NAPSA and partake in a Charity Campaign that has the potential to save lives and promote a worthy charity,” said Ms Samios.

“We are not only future pharmacists, but also play a strong role in the future of health.”

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