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Sponsors of Brave: The Gratitude Season – Meet the Readers’ Choice Winner – Pharmacist Anil Lalla from Penlyn Cape Town

Selected from 1000’s of nominations made by readers across South Africa, eight heartwarming nominee stories were selected and featured on Sponsors of Brave: The Gratitude Season. From these eight, two ultimately were chosen to walk away with the grand prize and the opportunity to pursue a passion project of their choice.

The winners were able to pay it forward through their passion project and chosen charity to the value of R25 000.


It is with great honour that Adcock Ingram OTC and Sponsors of Brave introduce to you the Readers’ Choice Winner: ANIL LALLA – VITACARE PHARMACY

Chosen from nearly 9 000 votes cast by readers across the country, the story of Anil Lalla and his team at Vitacare Pharmacy was a firm reader favourite. Their story showcasing and highlighting a sense of Ubuntu and deep care toward their fellow South Africans that resonated with many, and gained them the most reader votes this season.

Anil and Vitacare play a critical role in the Penlyn community, supporting many through their outreach and charity work. Aasia Fredericks, a regular customer says, “That’s the kind of guy he is and it’s how Vitacare Penlyn operates. It’s all about the people and the community.”


The Sponsors of Brave team joined Anil Lalla and the staff of Vitacare Penlyn Pharmacy as they paid it forward to the Active Bodies Sports Development.

Watch as Anil, Vitacare Penlyn Pharmacy, and their chosen charity spent the day distributing supplies and gifts to those most in need in their community here.




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.