NAPSA raises thousands for charity

NAPSA Pharmacy Awareness Chair 2015/2016, Sandra Minas (left) and the CFA Partnerships and Fundraising Manager, Kylie Catford (right) at the NAPSA AGM Gala.

Bake sales, BBQs, bowling nights, movie and trivia nights, raffles and even a marathon went into the group’s massive donation

As part of its ‘Charity Cup campaign’, the pharmacy student organisation has announced it donated $26,854.92 to Cystic Fibrosis Australia (CFA).

“All these fundraising activities were carried out with one goal in mind. That was to raise both awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis Australia, this year’s chosen charity that we are proud to be supporting,” said NAPSA’s Pharmacy Awareness Chair, Sandra Minas.

Minas said the money would go towards the availability and accessibility of new treatments; funding vital research; advocating for increased support; and quality improvement programs for people with cystic fibrosis.

“Small actions lead to big results and NAPSA is honoured to have hugely impacted the lives of cystic fibrosis patients through local events,” the group’s National President Shefali Parekh told AJP.

Kylie Catford, the Partnerships and Fundraising Manager for CFA, said the charity was impressed with the group’s passion and humbled to be their chosen partner.

“It is refreshing to see such a young group of people who fully support the communities in which they live in as well as caring for others who have additional challenges,” said Catford.

This isn’t NAPSA’s only challenge for 2016 – the group has already partnered with the Red Cross for the Health Students Blood Challenge.

Until 19 September, NAPSA is competing against the Australian Medical Students’ Association, the Australian Dental Students’ Association and the Student Paramedics Association to see which group can donate the most blood.

Last year, NAPSA raised funds through its Charity Cup event for the James Macready-Bryan Foundation, which supports young people with acquired brain injury.

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