Pharmacists rally to support sick kids

Cameron Daddo and Steve Waugh talk golf at the recent Blooms charity event.
Cameron Daddo and Steve Waugh talk golf at the recent Blooms charity event.

Blooms The Chemist is helping seriously ill children by raising funds for Make-A-Wish Australia

In just two years the community pharmacy network has raised more than half a million dollars for the charity.

At the group’s recent annual charity golf day, an additional $30,000 was collected for Make-A-Wish Australia, which takes the total provided by Blooms The Chemist since 2017 to more than $550,000.

Blooms The Chemist CEO Phil Smith said that while the group had set an initial target of raising half a million dollars by the end of 2019, the generosity of the group’s clients, partners and suppliers meant that amount has already been exceeded.

“It’s so pleasing to see the generosity that continues from the local communities in which each of our 90-plus stores are located,” Mr Smith said.

“But our pharmacists and suppliers showed their further commitment to the cause by coming together at our golf day to support this very important charity.”

Make-A-Wish Australia Chief Executive Officer Sally Bateman said the Blooms The Chemist contribution was significant.

“More than 30 years of feedback from Wish families and a growing body of research show that wishes give kids with critical illness greater strength and hope for their future,” Ms Bateman said.

“From as little as $30, we can help grant a sick child’s wish and that means supporters such as Blooms The Chemist are helping us to make life-changing contributions to many of our children and their families.”

The second annual Blooms The Chemist Charity Golf Day was attended by a number of dignitaries including media personality Cameron Daddo, former Australian cricketer and Blooms The Chemist Ambassador Steve Waugh, as well as Waugh’s son Austin, who plays for Australia’s under-19 cricket team. Former Australian rugby league coach and player Chris Anderson was among the 95 players who took to the course.

Blooms The Chemist Chief Operating Officer Jason Blanchard said one of the highlights of the day was the presentations which took place over lunch at the North Ryde Golf Club in Sydney.

“It was great to hear from Wish Ambassador Alexia Madoyris who explained to attendees how significant it was to be able to grant a wish to a seriously ill child and highlighted the great work of Make-A-Wish Australia,” Mr Blanchard said.

“Guests enjoyed the on-stage chat between Cameron Daddo, Steve Waugh, his son Austin Waugh and our CEO Phil Smith.

“And while Austin Waugh may have plenty of cricketing accolades, I’m sure that winning the Blooms The Chemist award for longest marshmallow drive deserves a worthy place in his trophy cabinet.”

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