Healthcare practices – whether located in the country or inner-city – are typically regarded as being an integral part of their local community due to the vital services they provide to their clients.
In addition to providing their services in the local area, many practices are further cementing these community bonds by giving back through a variety of philanthropic deeds.
We take a closer look at three Elite clients who are the driving forces behind a diverse range of charitable causes that are making positive impacts in their local communities – and beyond.
Practice owner Dave Hall’s vision for Toowoomba Family Vets extends far beyond the clinic itself. Dave has established the practice as a social enterprise company, with a strong desire to create positive change.
Toowoomba Family Vets has an active donation program “Creating Change”. This program is directly connected to the services the practice provides. For every major abdominal surgery conducted, the practice sponsors a life-changing fistula surgery for a woman in rural Africa or Asia. Additionally, for every animal vaccination in the practice, they donate towards humanitarian childhood vaccination projects.
Dr Sonia Sonia, owner of Kallangur Dental – her third dental practice in South East Queensland – actively involves herself in many charitable causes. With a passion for helping people, and a personal survivor of family violence herself, Dr Sonia has been providing no cost dental treatment to domestic violence victims for many years.
Last year, Dr Sonia took a new direction in her charitable work, competing in community-based beauty pageants. With three titles under her belt, Dr Sonia has raised considerable funds. She has started her own charity called ReStored, giving back to the community by continuing her work providing free dental treatments to those who have experienced domestic abuse.
Cathy U’Ren, Chief Wellness Officer’s mission for her new vet practice was to create a community group of pet lovers that actively engage in the local Burleigh lifestyle. She wanted the vet clinic to be “more than just a vet”.
As part of their commitment to “community wellness”, Pet Wellness Centre involves themselves wherever possible to contribute to their local community. This includes providing free services to many local animal rescue organisations. They also sponsor two “Story Dogs”, the annual Paws at the Park event, and the Nearly a Vet Convention for local children.