Money where mouth is

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

WHEN search­ing for a good cause to de­vote their an­nual char­ity day to­wards, Rokeby Road Den­tal Surgery and Im­plant Cen­tre have never needed to look too far.

“Ever since run­ning our first char­ity day four years ago, we usu­ally have one of our pa­tients from the lo­cal com­mu­nity ap­proach us about a mat­ter close to their heart,” den­tist Kate Scan­lon said.

This year, pa­tient Pe­ter Frey sug­gested the surgery raise funds in mem­ory of 15-year-old Hale School stu­dent Will Atkin­son.

The teenager passed away from a brain tu­mour in 2013.

As co-or­di­na­tor of for­ever15, Mr Frey helped plan the foundation’s an­nual foot­ball match be­tween Hale Boys and the Old Subi Boys at City Beach Oval on Oc­to­ber 10.

On Oc­to­ber 24, about 15 of Rokeby Road Den­tal Surgery and Im­plant Cen­tre staff worked probono to raise more than $8000 for the Cure Brain Can­cer Foundation through for­ever15.

“We do­nated our time, our prod­ucts and our tools to do­nate 100 per cent of the money we charged pa­tients to char­ity,” Dr Scan­lon said. “The vibe is al­ways dif­fer­ent to a nor­mal day at work.

“Our staff are al­ways ex­cited to give back to the com­mu­nity and there is al­ways a real buzz to the place. We were very grate­ful to re­ceive do­na­tions from sev­eral pa­tients who were un­able to par­tic­i­pate on the ac­tual day.”

Dr Scan­lon said for­ever15 foundation vol­un­teers also raised $500 by sell­ing foundation mer­chan­dise out­side the Rokeby Road clinic.

Dr Scan­lon said they were al­ready on the search for a char­ity to sup­port in 2016.

for­ever15 foundation co-or­di­na­tor Pe­ter Frey and Rokeby Den­tal Surgery’s Kate Scan­lon.

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