Richard and Philip Walsh both hold a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree. They are members of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
Both Richard and Philip were awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in May 2006. The awards were given for their outstanding contribution to " the community of Maroubra and to pharmacy." Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AM, Governor of New South Wales, presented their medals at a ceremony at Government House, Sydney.
Richard and Philip see themselves as community pharmacists in every sense of the word. Their goal for Walsh's Village Pharmacy is the same now as it was when they began at South Maroubra 32 years ago. They strive to make Walsh's a focal point of the area where people can come 365 days and nights a year and know that when they walk through the store entrance everything will be fine. It is their wish that every client will feel that they can relax once they are at Walsh's. The staff's policy is to make people feel at home and accommodate their every need, whether pharmaceutical or general.
The brothers have always involved themselves in the local community. They organise and sponsor five significant community events each year, some of which attract thousands of people, and regularly donate to local schools and churches. Walsh's has sponsored a very wide range of local sports including rugby league, rugby union, netball, cricket, surf, lifesaving, surfing, soccer and athletics as well as individual local Olympic athletes like Brett Hawke & Natalie Saville, and English Channel swimmer Michael (Murph) Renford.
Richard was elected as an independent councillor to Randwick City Council and served a 4 year term. He has been president of the Maroubra & Districts Chamber of Commerce for 15 years and Eastern Suburbs zone leader of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, NSW Branch, for 25 years. In 2008, Richard was elected to the NSW Pharmacy Guild Committee. He was the community representative on the Maroubra Bay Public School council for 4 years and has held that same position on the Matraville Soldier Settlement School council for 10 years. The Rotary Club of Maroubra awarded Richard a Paul Harris Fellowship for his community work and the Lions Club of Maroubra also presented him with a community award.
Philip served as the community representative on the Maroubra Bay Public School council for 4 years. He was the pharmacy delegate on the area health committee for 10 years and is currently the community pharmacy representative on the National Prescribing Service committee.
Richard & Philip regularly give presentations on various aspects of their work to seniors, pensioner and Probus groups. Richard has addressed Rotary groups and a National Women Medical Practitioners' organisation conference.
Although their spare time is restricted, Richard & Philip have a wide range of interests outside the pharmacy. They have been keen sportsmen all their lives and played a wide variety of sports. Cricket is one of their favourite sports and Richard played at Lord's in the final of the English club cricket knockout competition involving 500 teams.
Long distance running is their passion these days and they have completed 40 marathons over the last 20 years. They ran the people's marathons in the lead up to the Sydney, Athens and now Beijing Olympic Games. Running into the beautiful 2,500 year old Maratona-Parathinaikos Stadium at the finish of the Marathon to Athens run will be a lasting memory for them. Snow skiing is their other love and they get down to the magnificent Snowy Mountains whenever they can sneak a couple of days off. They have skied in a number of fields overseas including Aspen, Val d'Isere, Niseko, Cortina, Treble Cone, Portillo and Whistler.
Richard and Philip are both members of the Sydney Cricket Ground and Stadium Australia. They rarely miss a cricket test, a State of Origin match or an All Black Test. They get to Rabbitohs games whenever time allows. They also go to see the Swans and Randwick. They attended the Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London and Rio Olympic Games, the Sochi Winter Olympics and the Melbourne, Delhi and Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Walsh's Pharmacy organised and supplied medications to the Australian teams at many of those events.
The brothers support of art is evidenced by their annual staging of the South Maroubra Art & Photography Show on the Village Green. They enjoy going to the theatre, to concerts and the opera. They love bush jogging and bush walking particularly in the Blue Mountains and the Snowies. Richard & Philip Walsh enjoy their work and their involvement with the community. They can't think of a place where they would rather work than South Maroubra. The people are friendly, it has a wonderful natural environment and a real village atmosphere. The locals give tremendous support to community events and are appreciative of efforts made to benefit and improve the area.
Richard & Philip are thankful for the local support they have received over the past 32 years and are determined to strive to earn the people's continuing support in the years to come.
Walsh's Village Pharmacy
Cnr Malabar Rd & Meagher Ave
South Maroubra NSW 2035
Open 365 Days & Nights a year 8am-9pm
Phone: 9311-0088 Fax: 9311-3659