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Social Responsibility

Charitable endeavours

Our medical centre in Maroochydore offers fresh coffee in return for a donation in the charity box. Each month we give all these donations to one of our chosen charities. We also have a great team of very charitable staff!

Charities we have supported to date include Angel Garden (the building of a tranquil garden at Sunshine Coast Private Hospital for grieving parents who have lost a child), the donation of a television to the children's ward at the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital and the Maggie's Dreamcatcher project.

We also assist many sporting clubs around the Coast with adhoc donations and sponsorship monies.

Dr Michael Ryan's interest in skin cancer has prompted him to establish a Sunshine Coast charity to facilitate the development of a national skin cancer day.  There have been two “Hawaiian Shirt Days” held in Queensland, which have involved organising gala events featuring celebrities and the auction of donated prizes with the proceeds going to the Queensland Institute of Cancer Research.

Helping out directly where we can

Occasionally a medical story will touch our hearts so much that we make special arrangements to do whatever we can to help.

Recently, we heard the story of Natasha Ponce De Leon, a young mother of two who was involved in a single vehicle accident on the Sunshine Motorway.

Natasha fractured her spine in the accident and her family were told that it was very unlikely she would walk again. With two young girls, five and two years of age, and a husband looking after the family and managing a new job, the situation was grim.

Since then however we were pleased to hear that Natasha is defying the odds and, after many weeks of physiotherapy, had begun to get small movements back into her legs. Doctors are amazed at her progress.

The Sunshine Coast community has showed tremendous support for Natasha, and Medicine on Second were pleased to help out with a donation of $500 to her family.

Generation One

Medicine On second is a proud member of Generation One. Read the following link for more details http://generationone.org.au/

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Community Involvement

Medicine On Second and its team of dedicated staff are extremely active members of the community and have been for many years. Our key community involvement activities this year are as follows:

Big Play Outs

What: Medicine on Second provided a child-friendly doctor to speak about health and their role as a doctor; local children's author Cheryl Ryan read her book, Who is George? about a little boy in India (George) who urgently needs medical attention; we provided a health conscious morning tea snack and goodie bags; a free participation certificate to all children; plus we gave a branded teddy bear and music CD from our strategic alliance Kindermusik to all the centres.

Outcomes: Since launching our Big Play Out initiative in February 2008, we were overwhelmed with interest and enjoyed every minute of our interactions with the community. To date more than 25 day care centres around the Coast have hosted us, with a further 20 booked in before the year was out. We have also achieved much media coverage.


2020 Weight Loss Challenge


What: Take 20 middle aged local males, and get them to lose 20 kilos in just 20 weeks whilst raising cash for charity. For every kilo any of the participants do not lose in the 20 week period, a fee of $100 per kilo will be paid to the challenge's nominated charities. Of this 50% goes to the Berachah Orphanage in Machilipatnam in India and 50% to Michael Ryan's wife's charity Maggie's DreamCatcher, who are currently raising funds to build a hospital in Dharamasala, India.

If participants do achieve their 20 kilo goal within the 20 week period, they will still donate a $200 participation fee towards the nominated charities. Medicine on Second is the driver behind the initiative and called in strategic alliance assistance in the form of dieticians, the fitness centre and our creative agency to donate their time for free to fund raise.

Outcomes: More than 30 Sunshine Coast men registered to take part in the 2020 Weight Loss Challenge, including many high profile personalities. In all more than $30,000 was raised for the chosen charities, Maggie's DreamCatcher and Berachah Orphanage in Machilipatnam in India with much media coverage secured.