Blooms The Chemist Karabar pins hearts to sleeves for Make-A-Wish success

Blooms the Chemist Karabar's retail manager Di Dallinger with her daughter Bree.

Blooms the Chemist Karabar's retail manager Di Dallinger with her daughter Bree.

A Karabar community pharmacy raised over $5000 last month to make children's wishes come true.

Blooms The Chemist Karabar took part in a keepsake pin drive for children's charity Make-A-Wish Australia, selling over 45 pins per day - the most of any store across the country.

For the store's retail manager, Di Dallinger, this topic is extremely close to home.

"With my daughter Bree being seriously ill for most of her life, I understand firsthand how important and lifechanging the work that charities like Make-A-Wish do," Ms Dallinger said.

Bree on life support in hospital was when she was 18, on the day of her Year 12 formal. Di dressed her up in her gown and her school brought her a cake to celebrate.

Bree on life support in hospital was when she was 18, on the day of her Year 12 formal. Di dressed her up in her gown and her school brought her a cake to celebrate.

"They truly acknowledge these families' hardships and struggles by enabling and providing experiences that will be fondly remembered for a lifetime."

Ms Dallinger expressed her gratitude to the local community for their support of the pin drive.

"The entire team at Blooms The Chemist Karabar really made it their personal mission to raise as many funds as possible as part of the pin drive in the lead up to World Wish Day on April 29," she said.

"When the pins sold out, our lovely customers continued to donate via Make-A-Wish merchandise and other regular contributions.

"It was honestly so heart-warming to see the kindness of the Karabar community and others around the country as they rally behind the fundraising for these incredible children."

The Blooms the Chemist Karabar team got into the Make-A-Wish spirit.

The Blooms the Chemist Karabar team got into the Make-A-Wish spirit.

Blooms The Chemist stores across the country have raised more than $1 million for Make-A-Wish Australia through local and national fundraising activities, helping the charity to create unforgettable wishes for children with a critical illness.

Blooms The Chemist's CEO, Phil Smith, says the pharmacy network is proud to be a longstanding partner of the inspirational children's charity, which has been making wishes come true for critically ill children in Australia since 1985.

"These efforts have been especially important over the past year with more than 800 kids' wishes delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Mr Smith.

For 35 years, Make-A-Wish Australia has empowered seriously ill children and teenagers across the country with hope and joy, granting more than 10,000 wishes.

Spanning a five-year partnership, Blooms The Chemist has donated a percentage of its retail profits alongside community fundraising initiatives to the children's charity.

Di with Bree on her 18th birthday.

Di with Bree on her 18th birthday.