Money where mouth is
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.