Pharmacy students across Australia worked together to pack birthing kits and raise thousands of dollars for charity, as NAPSA Charity Cup winds up

A fundraising effort driven by the National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA) saw pharmacy student branches join together for a common cause between 2 April and 1 June.

This year’s Charity Cup was aimed at raising funds for the Fullife Foundation, which supports women and children in Africa, particularly in Ethiopia.

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

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

Many students were involved in the #flippingforfullife challenge where a cartwheel/front flip/forward roll was done to symbolise turning people’s life around in Ethiopia. 

And fundraising events like BBQs, cocktail nights, bake sales, Cadbury chocolate fundraising and trivia nights were all organised to raise funds for the Charity Cup.

NAPSA doesn’t have an exact figure of funds raised over the event just yet – as it is still waiting for branches to finalise their donations – but they are expecting the figure to be in the tens of thousands like last year. 

The final amount will be announced at the upcoming NAPSA AGM.

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.

“It is amazing to see what students across Australia can do when they come together to achieve a common goal,” said NAPSA president Sandra Minas.

“The effort from each branch in not only raising funds, but awareness through our #flippingforfulllife challenge as well as being hands on by making birthing kits is truly fantastic.

“We are proud as NAPSA to contribute to such an important cause and can’t wait for the health post to start to make a difference in the health outcomes of women and children in Ethiopia.”

Fullife Foundation founder Mr Shanks said: “We have really appreciated the chance to work with NAPSA, a great organisation, who are so committed to helping us with our goals of improving the health of women & children in Ethiopia.”

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.

Event organiser and NAPSA Pharmacy Awareness Chair Stephanie Samios said: “National campaigns like NAPSA’s Charity Cup require extensive organisation and planning for all of the fundraising events to run smoothly.

“I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to facilitate this for all pharmacy students and I have loved watching their passion for this charity grow since it was chosen at our National Congress, and over the past two months of fundraising.

“Fullife Foundation has been such a dedicated charity to work with, and NAPSA can’t wait to see the results of everyone’s efforts and donations when the health post is finally built in Ethiopia.

“Not only has money been donated to fund a building that will do the first contact assessment with the local community of 8,000 people, but also thousands of birthing kits packed by pharmacy students will also be sent to Ethiopia.

“I am so proud of everything I have witnessed this year for Charity Cup, and look forward to NAPSA continuing this tradition of raising funds for worthy charities every year.”