Community


HELPING OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

Building a Healthier Community Program

UFS Pharmacies has a proud history of involvement in the Bendigo community for over 145 years as a not-for-profit membership organisation. UFS Pharmacies in Bendigo originated from a community need and involved people pooling their resources through membership to provide a local service.

That model has stood the test of time and has evolved further with our Building a Healthier Community Program that aims to support organisations through our membership nomination process.

Last financial year our members helped to contribute over $73,000 to over 80 local organisations throughout the Bendigo Region.

This will see our total contributions over the past 14 years reach over $600,000 which, for an organisation our size, is an excellent effort and is in addition to the benefits we provide our members directly.

Thank you to all our members.

How can you get involved?

When completing your membership application form nominate one group from our approved list and 50% of your membership fee will be donated back to that group. To find out more information please ask one of our friendly staff. Currently we support over 90 schools, clubs and groups in the local community. The current list is available below and in store.


Community Partnerships

The community groups that you can donate half of your membership to, thanks to the Building a Healthier Community Program currently include:

Atisha Buddhist Centre 

Bears Lagoon Serpentine Football & Netball Club

Bendigo & District Concert Band

Bendigo Amateur Radio & Electronics Club Inc.

Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services

Bendigo Association of Pharmacy Students

Bendigo Autism Asperger Group

Bendigo Breast Cancer Support Services Network

Bendigo Chinese Cultural Community

Bendigo Community Toy Library

Bendigo East Baseball Club

Bendigo Foodshare

Bendigo Scleroderma Support Group

Bendigo Squash Club

Bendigo Symphony Orchestra

Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre

Bendigo Youth Choir

Blue Ribbon Foundation

Campbell’s Forest Hall

Dragon City Derby Dolls

Dragons Abreast Bendigo

Golden City Football Club

Golden Square Bowling Club

Golden Square Football & Netball Club

Golden Square Football & Netball Club (Juniors)

Golden Square Swimming Pool

Greater Bendigo Girl Guides

Heartbeat Victoria – Bendigo Branch

Interchange – Loddon Mallee Region

Junortoun Fire Brigade

Lions Club of Strathfieldsaye

Marong Cricket Club

Marong Football & Netball Club

Maiden Gully Fire Brigade

Maiden Gully Junior Football Club

Maiden Gully Neighbourhood Watch

Marong Fire Brigade

Mount Pleasant Football Netball Club

National Seniors – Bendigo & District

Righteous Pups Australia

Senjuns Hockey Club

Sing Australia Bendigo

South Bendigo Football & Netball Club

St Luke’s Anglicare

State Emergency Service Victoria (SES) – Bendigo Unit

Strathfieldsaye Bowls Club

Strathfieldsaye Dodgers Baseball Club

Strathfieldsaye Jets Cricket Club

Strathfieldsaye Junior Football Club

Strathfieldsaye Junior Netball Club

The Otis Foundation

Wildlife Rescue & Information Network

Zodiacs Netball Club

Zonta Club of Bendigo

 

The Schools that you can donate half of your membership to, thanks to the Building a Healthier Community Program currently include:


#makeitlocal – Maiden Gully

UFS Pharmacies Maiden Gully contribute to the local community groups and organisations and are dedicated to their customers, offering health advice, convenient services such as webster packs, free delivery* and vaccinations, all with a friendly smile.

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UFS in the community: Healthy food for those in need

Food poverty is a reality for about 1 in 9 people in Central Victoria. These are the people that we at Bendigo Foodshare seek to help each week. Mostly staffed by volunteers, each week we will source and distribute food donations to 14,000 people in need of a meal. Partnered with over 100 schools, charities…

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UFS in the community: A gift of love

Jemima’s Gift Inc is an official registered, not for profit, pro-life animal rescue group based in Bendigo. Our organisation named after Jemima, a beautiful mother cat who came to us from a country pound after living in a gutter raising litter after litter of kittens. She also helped mother several orphan kittens. If her carer…

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Helping communities shine

With school starting this week it is an ideal time to replenish your sunscreen and at the same time help a worthwhile community group with help from Bendigo’s four UFS Pharmacies. One dollar from the sale of Pharmacy Choice SPF 50+ sunscreen one litre pump pack or 200ml spray bottle will go directly to the…

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UFS in the Community: Valkyrie Care Group

Providing support for those touched by cancer On behalf of Valkyrie Care Group Inc. I, as Co-ordinator, wish to thank the UFS Pharmacies’ members for the opportunity to be part of the Building a Healthier Community Program. We were thrilled to receive your donation, as every time we make any amount of money in partnership…

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Member Rewards Nights 2016

You’re invited! Join us for some light refreshments and a night of shopping at our VIP Member Rewards Nights! Two great nights at two great locations – plus ones welcome! For dates, times and RSVP information, download the invitation below:


UFS in the Community: Bendigo Autism Asperger Group

BAAG is a local support group run by volunteers for those interested in and affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Membership to BAAG is free. We have been functioning for around 20 years in Bendigo (originally as the Bendigo Autism Family Support Group). BAAG meet regularly for informal morning tea and evening coffee events and for…

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Help your organisation shine!

$1* from the purchase of of Pharmacy Choice SPF 50+ sunscreen lotion (1L) and spray (200mL) will be donated to local schools, clubs and organisations, and we want your group to reap the rewards! To help promote this campaign with your members and friends, you can download a flyer to place in your newsletter or…

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Facebook Mother’s Day competition winner!

Congratulations to the winner of our Facebook Mother’s Day competition winner, Michelle Cummins.

Michelle has a $200 Eden voucher to spend at our salon in Hargreaves St.

 


Building a Healthier Community – Cheque Presentation 2016

Thank you to all of our members! We at UFS would like to thank our members for their continued generosity – thanks to you, we’ve donated over $60,000 (plus $10,000 in minor donations and community sponsorships) to local schools, clubs and organisations through our Building a Healthier Community program. To take a look at the…

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UFS in the Community: Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services

Caring with compassion Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services and UFS Pharmacies   Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services (BAWCS) recently opened their Shelter doors to invite supporters who had participated in their Buy A Brick program to view their bricks. Funds raised from brick purchases helped to build the new shelter and visitors were…

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Congratulations to our competition winners!

Our congratulations to all four of the winners from our Weekly $1000 competition, we hope the extra cash made the holidays even more special for you!

Our winners were:
Week 1 – Wendy Thacker of Maiden Gully
Week 2 – Catherine Farley of Strathfieldsaye
Week 3 – Elenore Phillips of Maiden Gully
Week 4 – Jill Clapham of Strathfieldsaye

Our congratulations also go to to Ms Shayne Scilini of Strathfieldsaye, the winner of our recent ‘Like to Win’ competition.

Keep an eye out for more member competitions and giveaways this year!


UFS Pharmacies support Bendigo Festival of Cultures

UFS Pharmacies supports The Bendigo Festival of Cultures because as a business we share a number of the values that the festival embodies. UFS Pharmacies is a community owned not for profit group that’s focused on health and wellbeing outcomes for the community, so we naturally see the festival as a good fit for us….

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UFS in the Community – Partnering to save lives

The Bendigo Unit of the State Emergency Service is a volunteer based emergency service. Its 50 volunteers provide an emergency response to events including storm, flood, earthquake and road crash rescue. The unit is very active within the greater Bendigo community – the 2014-2015 financial year saw us called to 375 requests for assistance, 54…

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Growing the social heart of Bendigo

On behalf of members, UFS is investing funds right now in the building to help ensure Radius can provide people with disabilities more access to community and life skills programs. This contribution will help further the mentor program.

Bendigo’s most ambitious social enterprise project yet, it is all about advancing social inclusion throughout the community. The Morley Johnson Building will also create 50 new jobs in the area. Now that’s got to be good for all of us.

UFS donates half all nominated membership fees (new and renewals) back to local schools, clubs and organisations.


Week 1 winner – Coral Symons!

Congratulations to Mrs. Coral Symons, the winner of the Natio gift pack in the 2014 Members Christmas Draw! To enter, UFS members simply spend $30 at our below stores for your chance to WIN*   Major Prize – Bendigo Travel and Cruise Centre $2500 TRAVEL VOUCHER * UFS Pharmacies members only. Entries for the UFS Pharmacies…

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UFS Members Christmas draw 2014

UFS Members, simply spend $30 at our below stores for your chance to WIN* Major Prize – Bendigo Travel and Cruise Centre $2500 TRAVEL VOUCHER This year, we’re giving our members even more chances to win simply by shopping at UFS.     * UFS Pharmacies members only. Entries for the UFS Pharmacies Members Christmas…

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Exclusive shopping nights for UFS for Members

Please join us for some light refreshments and a night of shopping! Enjoy exclusive members-only prices as well as some fantastic special offers and the chance to win big in the UFS Pharmacies Members Christmas Draw. Additional member discounts Members Christmas Draw (Get 3 extra entries if you spend $30 on a shopping night!) Free…

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Thank you from State Emergency Services

In 2013, 175 UFS members selected the State Emergency Services (SES) – Bendigo Unit from our list of organisations.

State Emergency Services (SES) coordinate emergency preparation and response for flood, storm, tsunami and earthquake. Bendigo SES is also the provider of road crash rescue services for the Greater Bendigo area, as well as assisting other agencies such as Vic Police, CFA and Ambulance Victoria with search and rescue, casualty retrieval and industrial rescue.


UFS Members help Maiden Gully Fire Brigade Support Vehicle

Over the past two years, the UFS Building a Healthier Community Program funds have been largely directed by the Maiden Gully Fire Brigade to the fitting out of our Ford Ranger Support vehicle!

This vehicle was purchased by locally raised funds and provides an operational support role which involves transporting personnel and equipment to incidents, training, community events and fundraising activities. The fit out involved sign writing and reflective striping, installation of radios and warning devices with the last major part of this work being the installation of drawers to stow equipment.

The vehicle carries a generator and floodlights that can be deployed to any incident in Maiden Gully and across Bendigo.

Thank you UFS Pharmacies – Andrew, Maiden Gully Fire Brigade


Building a Healthier Community – St. Luke’s Anglicare

St Luke’s Anglicare works with people who are experiencing challenges, to reconnect them to their community, so they can live positive and meaningful lives.


Freshly renovated pharmacy now open at Strathfieldsaye

UFS Pharmacies Strathfieldsaye has undergone significant renovations to allow pharmacists to interact with patients on a personal level. The renovations feature a robotic dispensing machine and a ‘Forward Pharmacy’ layout to give pharmacists the chance to make a greater impact on the health of UFS members in an approach to maintain a healthy life. Michael…

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School lunch box ideas!

Kids lunch boxes are the perfect opportunity to give your little ones a great head start in life. Fruits, veggies, whole grains, proteins and healthy fats can all be included in some easy and delicious recipes. Giving your children a healthy lunch box allows them to function to their best capabilities throughout the school day….

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Local organisations say thanks to UFS Pharmacies

Quest Equine Welfare Inc. sent their thanks from Traynors Lagoon. UFS members who donated their membership funds to Quest Equine Welfare Inc. help them to meet the costs associated with the rehabilitation and ongoing care of horses, ponies and donkeys surrendered into Quest’s care.


Maiden Gully primary school gets a healthy makeover

Bendigo UFS Pharmacies’ Building a Healthier Community Program is again a success as Maiden Gully Primary students have a new motivation outdoors to live healthy, active lifestyles. In 2013, Maiden Gully Primary School received a $2611 donation from the BUFS Building a Healthier Community Program. They put their donation towards a new outdoor area to…

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Building a healthier community cheque presentation 2013

UFS Members  top $47,000 in contributions for 2013   UFS Pharmacies Bendigo contributed over $47,000 to local not for profit organisations as part of its established Building a Healthier Community Initiative. The program has been running for eight years and in that time has contributed over $250,000 to local sporting groups, charities, schools, community programs and…

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Building a healthier community cheque presentation 2012

Annual donations presented to local organisations. UFS Pharmacies made a big start to their 140-year celebrations by distributing over $50,000 to a number of local charities and organisations. The Building a Healthier Community program has generated over $200,000 during the past ten years and over 50 groups have benefited from the membership fee disbursement. UFS Pharmacies members…

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We had a makeover!

Mr Michael Fleming CEO of local pharmacy group, Bendigo UFS announced today that they would be launching a total new image for the UFS brand. The reason behind this was to reinvent the highly successful Bendigo UFS into a more contemporary and highly visual brand. Mr Fleming said “The brand has been very successful for…

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