Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Sponsors of Brave: The Gratitude Season - nominee 1: Anil Lalla from Penlyn Cape Town

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Sponsors of Brave: The Gratitude Season - nominee 1: Anil Lalla from Penlyn Cape Town

Pharmacist and Owner – Vitacare Penlyn

Anil is a career pharmacist who started his first job at Vitacare Penlyn three decades ago, and now owns and manages the same pharmacy in the heart of the community.

For Anil Lalla, the suburb of Penlyn in Cape Town has always been home. It's where he lives, where he started his first job, and where he still manages Vitacare Pharmacy today, just 200m from his front door. "I think community building is exceptionally important. If we can all look after each other, who will need looking after?" asks Anil.

Aasia Fredericks, a regular customer of the boutique pharmacy, says Anil takes a personal interest in everyone's lives, and knows them all by name. "That's the kind of guy he is and it's how Vitacare Penlyn operates. It's all about the people and the community."

Anil supports Active Bodies Sports Development, which provides opportunities to under privileged youth in sport and cycling. "Sometimes you just need a catalyst to do good work," says Abbas Harris of the group. "In our communities, we just need more of those people and if we can have 100 Anils, I'm sure the community will be a different place."

When asked what he thinks bravery is, Anil simply says. "All of us grow up with the notion of wanting to change the world… What I've resigned myself to do is to make a difference within my community, in my little microcosm. And if everyone can make a difference in their immediate space, the bravery in that community will surely come out."

Watch the community of Penlyn shower Anil Lalla with gratitude:

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Why Sponsors of Brave

With the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic significant changes to our daily living have been experienced which has resulted in the dampening of the spirit of many South African residents. In light of this, and to work towards restoring belief and hope, it is Adcock Ingram OTC’s ambition to encourage our frontline HealthCare Professionals (HCPs) of South Africa, to continue to make a difference in the world and to recognise many of these individuals for their selfless sacrifice during the surge of the coronavirus infection. The HCP fraternity including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, and other allied specialities. This campaign will allow pharmacy healthcare professionals to nominate themselves or be nominated by peers and other South African residents for a life-changing opportunity under the banner of bravery. Eight of these nominees will have the chance to share their story in a featured video and be treated to a ‘gratitude shower’ by members of their community and two lucky winners will get to pursue their ‘passion project’ through the campaign. This campaign is not just about these fearless pharmacists, but a call to action to all South African residents to recognise, celebrate and begin “THANKING THE BRAVE” HCPs in our society by nominating them for this worthy prize.

About Adcock Ingram OTC
Adcock Ingram OTC (over the counter medicines) is a leading and proudly South African healthcare company providing quality products to improve the health and lives of the communities it serves.

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