Claremont pharmacy celebrates fundraising efforts

CLAREMONT residents have helped Discount Drug Stores fundraise more than $22,000 with its flu vaccination health clinics and fundraising ventures.

This year the discount pharmacy group administered more than 7500 shots and donated $2 from every flu shot to charity partner FreeToBe, contributing to the vaccination, medial care, protection and education of disadvantaged children in India.

Discount Drug Stores national professional services manager Stephenie Shea said the success of the “Get a Shot, Give a Chance” program was due to the generous support from the local community, which continued to grow year by year.

“Two-thirds of children in India do not have access to life-saving vaccinations to protect themselves against preventable diseases such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, chickenpox and tetanus, which are all highly rampant in India,” she said.

“It’s great to see the amazing community involvement continue to grow and contribute to raising much-needed funds in ensuring children in India are protected and given healthier futures, free from disease.

“We are so grateful to the community for their increasing support as it has not only created amazing, positive healthcare change in our own backyard but also in disadvantaged communities in India.”

Discount Drug Stores has worked with FreeToBe since 2010.

A not-for-profit organisation, FreeToBe raises funds for children who have been rescued from devastating circumstances such as child labour, abuse and exploitation, and vulnerability.

Caption: Claremont residents raised $252 in much-needed funds to help give children living in Kolkata, India a chance at a healthy, safe life free from disease.

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