NAPSA raises $25K for charity


L-R: Fullife Foundation Founder – Ian Shanks; NAPSA Pharmacy Awareness Chair – Stephanie Samios; Outgoing National President – Sandra Minas)
L-R: Fullife Foundation Founder – Ian Shanks; NAPSA Pharmacy Awareness Chair – Stephanie Samios; Outgoing National President – Sandra Minas)

Pharmacy students also packed 6000 birthing kits over a two-month event, while money raised will go towards building a health post in Ethiopia

NAPSA’s Charity Cup campaign this year saw pharmacy students from around Australia work together to raise funds for a small, non-government funded charity called Fullife Foundation.

Fullife Foundation works on the ground in Ethiopia with the goal of improving the livelihood of women and children in the poorest regions.

It was a joint decision by Fullife Foundation and NAPSA that the money fundraised this year would go towards building a health post in Ethiopia.

This health post will serve as the first point of contact for health checks and immunisations for a rural region in Shurmo, Ethiopia, which has a population of approximately 8,000 people.

After two months of fundraising and packing birthing kits, from 2 April until 1 June, donations totalled $25,230.61 in addition to 6,000 birthing kits packed.

The total numbers along with the overall charity cup winner and most innovative branch award were announced on the night of the NAPSA AGM dinner recently held in Melbourne.

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.

NAPSA pharmacy awareness chair, Stephanie Samios, was very pleased with the outcome of the event.

“I was able to work with a group of passionate and dedicated students who made this year’s campaign immensely rewarding,” says Ms Samios.

“Everyone should be so proud of themselves and I was so touched by the positive feedback from this year’s pharmacy awareness representatives in each branch.

“The fundraising this year was full of passion with a strong desire to make a difference,” said Ms Samios.

Outgoing national president, Sandra Minas, was equally as thrilled with the outcome.

“This year we were very proud to not only be raising funds to build a Health Post in Ethiopia but to also be more hands on by making birthing kits and raising awareness for Fullife! As NAPSA, it was fantastic to have been able to contribute to this cause and make a difference to the lives of women and children in Ethiopia.

“All this would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our Pharmacy Awareness Chair, Stephanie Samios. I congratulate her on an amazing Charity Cup Campaign.”

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.

NAPSA’s annual Charity Cup event began in 2008 and involves pharmacy students from around Australia working together to raise funds for a worthy cause.

Ian Shanks, the Founder of Fullife Foundation and an Australian pharmacist, was ecstatic with the result of Charity Cup.

“We have loved having the chance to work with NAPSA, a great organisation which is so committed to helping us with our goals of improving the health of women and children in Ethiopia.”

Incoming National President, Jess Hsiao, said the AGM was a “fantastic night” to celebrate the achievements of NAPSA, especially the efforts made by each branch in fundraising for Fullife Foundation.

“I was very passionate about working with Fullife Foundation, especially through the Birthing Kit Foundation, who I have been involved with since 2014, in providing a safe delivery environment for at-risk mothers in Ethiopia.”

In addition to raising funds, pharmacy schools packed birthing kits as part of the Charity Cup.
In addition to raising funds, pharmacy schools packed birthing kits as part of the Charity Cup.

The University of New England (PhUNE) was awarded Overall Charity Cup Winner, with the highest donation per member ratio and a 425% donation increase from last year.

South Australian Pharmacy Students Association (SAPSA) was presented with the innovation award for going above and beyond with their Charity Cup campaign.

The biggest contribution made this year was by WAPSA (Western Australian Pharmacy Students Association) who raised $5,424.03.

NAPSA says it is excited about what the future will bring for the Charity Cup Campaign in 2019 as pharmacy student involvement, and charities supported each year, continue to increase.

The student organisation is now focusing on its annual Vampire Cup Blood Drive in a bid to encourage student involvement in donating blood to save lives.

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