Pharmacy was the winner as two journalists cast aside their vanity to raise money for PSS in the #MoFoes campaign
AJP editor Chris Brooker (pictured before Mo removal) and Pharmacy Daily editor Nick O’Donoghue have now shaved off their facial hair after raising over $2500 for the Pharmacists Support Service.
The pair decided to eschew the razor for a month as part of their #MoFoes campaign to raise funding for, and awareness of, the vital work performed by PSS.
As of 30 November, there was a total of $2590 donated to the #MoFoes campaign from 20 donors.
John Coppock, President of PSS, expressed his appreciation to both Nicholas O’Donoghue who initiated the fundraising campaign and Chris Brooker who took up the challenge.
“These two gentlemen put their vanity aside and laid down their razors to allow their moustaches to grow in support of PSS,” he said.
“This takes great courage as they put up with facial itching, spousal complaints and a fair bit of ribbing from colleagues and friends as they shared photos of their moustaches in their respective publications and on social media during the month of November.”
Kay Dunkley thanked all donors for their financial support. “These donations make a big difference to PSS as during 2020 we have supported many more members of the pharmacy profession during the stressful times resulting from widespread bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic. We are pharmacists supporting pharmacists and these donations from the profession are a further example of pharmacists supporting each other.”
*I would also personally like to thank those who donated to such a worthy cause. While the MoFoes campaign was for Nick and I a bit of fun to participate in, it does have a very serious issue behind it with so many pharmacists struggling as a result of the events of 2020. Hopefully the money raised will help PSS to continue the great work that they do.
PSS is available to all pharmacists, interns, pharmacy students and overseas trained pharmacists seeking registration in Australia. During the COVID-19 pandemic PSS is also taking calls from all staff employed in pharmacy settings as they are also on the frontline putting themselves at risk during a very stressful time for health professionals.
The service is available on 1300244910 every day of the year between 8am and 11pm AEDT. All calls are taken by volunteers who are pharmacists or retired pharmacists who have been trained to provide support and a listening ear over the phone.
For the record the results showed one more donor voted for PD than AJP, however AJP raised more in total donation amounts (when specified):
MoFoeAJP = 7 votes
MoFoePD = 8 votes
Note there were 6 donors who did not vote and one who voted for both MoFoeAJP and MoFoePD.
MoFoe voters total donations
MoFoeAJP = $1820
MoFoePD = $515