Pharmacy Students Support James Macready-Bryan Foundation

12 Apr, 2014



Every year the National Australian Pharmacy Students Association runs an initiative called 'Charity Cup' which aims to raise as much awareness and funds for our chosen charity as possible. NAPSA has 16 branches from all over Australia and all run different events within their communities to raise awareness and funds.

This year NAPSA has chosen to support the James Macready-Bryan (JMB) Foundation. The JMB Foundation aims to provide financial support for care and rehabilitation and a public voice for young sufferers of acquired brain injury (ABI) and their families. 2 out of 3 acquired brain injuries are sustained before the age of 25. In recent times the JMB foundation has been closely involved in the planning and development of a 10-bed purpose-built high care facility for young people in Victoria. A facility such as this is so amazing for young men and women with severe brain injuries who would otherwise have been housed in aged care nursing homes. Unfortunately many of these young people suffer ABI as the result of alcohol-fueled violence and NAPSA would really like to raise awareness about the life-long consequences a 'cowards punch' can have. 

Charity Cup runs from the 1st of April until the 14th of May and they plan to raise as much money as possible!  
Local Gungahlin resident Anna Plotkin who is studying Pharmacy at University and the Canberra Pharmacy Student Association (CaSPA) is supporting this cause. You can support this fundraiser by donating here:
Anna told us "We created this page because we want to make a difference. I'm inspired by the work that James Macready-Bryan (JMB) Foundation do so I wanted to support them by raising money. Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button on the fundraising page. The more people that know about James Macready-Bryan (JMB) Foundation, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!"  
In October 2006 James Macready-Bryan was severely assaulted, leaving him with catastrophic, permanent brain-injury. His wiry young footballer’s body did not give in – but the sharp brain that had gained him entry into a Monash University arts-law course was damaged forever. 
The heart-breaking reality for hundreds of young brain-injury victims – and their families – is that they are often faced with limited avenues for financial support to provide for high care needs and condemned, after leaving hospital, to nursing home beds alongside geriatrics. 
The JMB Foundation raises money to help these young people: providing additional services and therapists in care facilities; better and more appropriate home care services; and, most importantly, the development of new, age-appropriate residential facilities. We strongly support the DisabilityCare Scheme, designed to provide better and equal no-fault funding for all those with a disability. 
Help young people with acquired brain injury by supporting the JMB Foundation.

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