Armadale parishioner Andrew Smith “Gives Back” after seeing a need

18 Jan 2024

By The Record

Armadale parishioner and Hammond Park Chiropractor Dr Andrew Smith has held a “Giving Back Day” on 15 and 16 December, with all patient funds raised being donated to LifeLink. Photo: Ron Tan.

Hammond Park Chiropractor Dr Andrew Smith has seen a need and done something about it.

The Armadale parishioner last month came up with a generous way to raise funds for the 2023 Archbishop’s Christmas Appeal for LifeLink.

Through his business, Ascension Chiropractic based in Hammond Park, Dr Smith and his team hosted a “Giving Back Day” on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 December – with all funds received donated to LifeLink.

Patients were also given the option to donate directly to LifeLink on the day if they preferred.

The 36-year-old married father-of-two said he heard the Archbishop’s message during the LifeLink Christmas Appeal launch in November – particularly the words of St Mary MacKillop, “Never see a need without doing something about it,” and could foresee a good reason to ‘pay it forward’.

Hammond Park Chiropractor Dr Andrew Smith with a patient. Dr Smith held a “Giving Back Day” on 15 and 16 December, with all patient funds raised being donated to LifeLink. Photo: Ron Tan.

“In my line of work, I deal daily with people who are experiencing a lot of stress,” Dr Smith said.

“Christmas is a stressful time for those gainfully employed, let alone those forgotten by society,” he continued.

The “Giving Back Day” saw more than 57 patient funds being donated, a total of some $2,700.

Dr Smith explained that while he ignored all business coaching advice to conduct the two-day event, he knew it was the right thing to do.

“It was an opportunity for us to bear witness, and our subtle way to evangelise,” Dr Smith highlighted.

“We are just extremely happy to support a worthy cause,” he said.