As a community focused organisation that has been supporting patient health for 55 years Pharmacy 777 is honoured to play our part in making a difference to the care of children and their families.
Our partnership with Telethon, which began last year, is an integral part of our Community Spirit program that was set up for the express purpose of contributing to important local causes such as Telethon. Since the Community Spirit program began in early 2020, our group has given back to more than 40 local community causes and initiatives, including local schools, health initiatives, community clubs and, of course, Telethon.
Included in the Pharmacy 777 Telethon donation is a contribution of more than $3,200 directly from Community Spirit. Furthermore, during the Telethon weekend, Pharmacy 777 made an additional $10,000 donation on top of the $100,000 during Sunday's Who Dares Wins for kids at the Family Festival.
Pharmacy 777 has found many different ways to fundraise, including pharmacy sales of Fat Cat dolls, available across the Group all year round, with 100% of proceeds going to Telethon.
“As an established part of the Western Australian community, working with WA organisations to help ensure that our children have the best quality services and support now and in the future is really important to us,” says Pharmacy 777 CEO Jason Brotherson.
“We have had a very successful year with our fundraising and we are hugely grateful to all of our more than 60 pharmacies across WA for their support, and to everyone in the community who has embraced the Telethon program with their own community spirit. The sale of Fat Cat dolls at local Pharmacy 777s has helped to accelerate our support for Telethon and we are grateful to everyone who purchased a doll.”
Telethon: A lifeline for children and families
The Channel 7 Telethon Trust financially supports the medical and social welfare of children and young people and funds research into children’s diseases. Generations of Western Australians have grown up with Telethon and through their generosity have had a major impact.
Telethon provides funds to more than 50 different charity beneficiaries each year, making a huge difference to the lives of sick and vulnerable kids and their families. Since Telethon’s inception, Western Australians have collectively raised more than $400 million, contributing to new medical equipment and facilities, vital medical research into children’s diseases, essential services for children with disabilities, life-changing opportunities for disadvantaged children and important counselling and support services.
During 2020, more than 55,000 children, youth and families participated in a Telethon-supported activity and Telethon gave out more than $42 million to organisations that support the wellbeing of children and their families. Among the many programs Telethon has supported over the past year were:
Meningococcal awareness, with the Amanda Young Foundation providing 1,470 literacy packs and delivering more than 2,000 awareness sessions in support of families with sick kids
Cystic fibrosis programs, including providing 215 regional information packs
The Fathering Project, distributing more than 10,000 blue books to help teach dads how to be more included in the family through play and conversation
Disability support, helping Kalparrin connect families with state-wide support services
Foodbank and Ozharvest, providing more than 27,300 meals to ensure all children have access to a healthy breakfast.
“The partnership between Telethon and Pharmacy 777 continues to grow as we look for different ways to support our local communities and make a difference to the care of children and their families,” Jason says. “None of this would be possible without the support of the people in our communities and our pharmacy teams.”
Help us to continue supporting Telethon by getting your very own Fat Cat doll from your local Pharmacy 777.
To join our Community Spirit Program, click here or visit your local Pharmacy 777 and ask the team how you can sign up and help make a difference.