The Pharmacy Guild National President, George Tambassis, has featured in a video encouraging pharmacies to create awareness about brain cancer by supporting Walk4BrainCancer 2015.
In the video, Mr Tambassis asked pharmacies and the wider industry to become involved, either by walking to raise awareness or sponsoring teams or individuals.
The Guild’s charity partner, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation (CBCF), set up the walks – to be held nationally in late October and November – to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.
“My suggestion is that every pharmacy should get involved in this Walk4BrainCancer campaign,” Mr Tambassis said. “As little as $100 per pharmacy would be fantastic, as that would sum up to half a million dollars and this is the sort of money that the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation needs to run some really important clinical trials on new and emerging therapies that are being developed.”
Last month, Guild member pharmacies received a Walk4BrainCancer promotional poster in their edition of the Community Pharmacy newsletter.
Pharmacies were asked to write the name of their nearest walk on the poster and promote it in-store to their staff and customers.
“My message to all pharmacies and pharmacy owners is at least put the poster up in your pharmacy and raise awareness for this horrible disease,” Mr Tambassis said.
The Guild’s national office in Canberra has set up its own team to walk this charity event, to increase awareness about brain cancer. The team will walk in Canberra’s Stromlo Forest Park on Sunday November 8.
The Guild team has been fundraising to help the CBCF reach its goal of $1.1 million. Contributions can be made towards the walk and to sponsor the Guild National Office team to walk via the team page on the Walk4BrainCancer website.
Earlier this year, Mr Tambassis embarked on his first sky dive to mark the beginning of the partnership with the CBCF.
The plunge was supported by generic pharmaceutical company Amneal Pharmaceuticals, which donated $10,000 to the foundation in recognition of Mr Tambassis’ jump, matched by a further $10,000 from the Guild.
Watch the video featuring Mr Tambassis, here.