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Brain injury will affect a person physically, as well as affect how they
think, feel and behave.
Did you know?
Two out of three acquired brain injuries
are sustained before the age of 25.
More than 6,700 young people across
Australia with acquired brain injuries are
forced to live in aged care nursing homes
because they have nowhere to go.
The James Macready-Bryan (JMB)
Foundation provides financial support
for rehabilitation and for the care
of young Australians suffering from
acquired brain injuries (ABI). Just like
all charitable foundations, the JMB
foundation needs help to raise funds
and public awareness in order to help
these young sufferers.
Members of the National Australian
Pharmacy Students’ Association
(NAPSA) dug deep into their pockets
to help the JMB Foundation achieve
its vision that ‘all young sufferers
of acquired brain injury should be
fully and appropriately supported
in their financial, rehabilitation and
Earlier this year, over a six week
period, from the 1 April until the
16 May pharmacy students across
Australia participated in the annual
NAPSA campaign, the Charity Cup,
to raise funds for the JMB Foundation.
This year, NAPSA went above and
beyond all expectations exceeding the
fundraising record for the annual Charity
Students’ raised these funds by
participating in Charity Cup events,
from BBQs being fired up to afternoon
bowling sessions, going through the
pain of paintball, selling chocolates,
participating in fun-filled trivia nights,
auctions at annual balls, zombie walks,
raffles and the list goes on. Throughout
the campaign there was a media blitz,
where students were encouraged to use
social media to spread public awareness
of the issues surrounding acquired brain
injuries. This message was said to reach
over 30,000 people.
At NAPSA’s annual dinner all was
revealed. NAPSA’s Outgoing Pharmacy
Awareness Committee Chair, Lauren
Haworth, was proud to announce that
NAPSA raised a jaw-dropping total of
$30,738 during this year’s campaign.
This amount outshined the $21,598
record set in 2013. Lauren was also
pleased to announce that NAPSA will
continue to support the JMB Foundation
in next year’s Charity Cup Campaign.
‘ This was our first year partnered with
the JMB Foundation and we are excited
to be able to continue this relationship
moving forward,’ she said.
It was a privilege to have Helen Sykes,
a representative of the JMB Foundation,
present at NAPSA’s Annual Dinner.
Mrs Skyes was able to provide an insight
into the foundation and its endeavors.
It was a great opportunity for members
to hear first-hand accounts of the
positive impact they had achieved
through their efforts.
All NASPA students and their branches
did an outstanding job in raising as
NAPSA Charity Cup campaign
reaches new heights
BY ELEANNA BALLIS
much money and awareness as possible
for the JMB Foundation. However
there could only be one winner of the
Charity Cup. The award was retained
by the Pharmers’ Society from Charles
Sturt University (Wagga Wagga) which
raised over $8,000. Griffith University
pharmacy students were also awarded
the Innovation Award for their creative
NAPSA thanks all its members who
helped support such a worthy cause,
as well as Outgoing Pharmacy Awareness
Committee Chair, Lauren Haworth, and
JMB Foundation representative, Helen
Skyes, for all their hard work and effort
throughout the campaign.
It is a noble achievement to be able
to publicise that since Charity Cup’s
inception in 2008, NAPSA has raised over
$100,000 for several charities.
NAPSA National President, Sam Turner
said, ‘The community spirit shown by our
members never ceases to amaze me and
it is inspiring to see students passionately
come together each year to fulfil our
Information about the James
Macready-Bryan Foundation can be
found at: www.jmbfoundation.org.au
Eleanna Ballis is the NAPSA Publications Committee
Chair and President of the Pharmers’ Society at Charles
Sturt University Wagga Wagga.
Benjamin Johns, Helen Sykes and Lauren Haworth.
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