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Moe says it's tough to go, but warwick calls

NEXT week will be the last time you'll see the smiling face of Moe Gaffoor at Biloela Family Pharmacy.

Unless you feel like driving all the way to Warwick to fill your prescriptions.

Moe has taken a position at a pharmacy in chilly Warwick to be closer to family in Brisbane, but wanted to stay in a country town.

The 34-year-old South African, who was raised in Sydney and married a Fijian, said he never thought he would end-up in Biloela during his days at university or in the Australian Army.

After he was discharged, Moe thought he would try a rural placement as a short-term locum.

That was March 2006.

“I told my wife we'd only stay a year but it will be very hard to leave,” Moe said.

“I found I liked it more than the city.

“I found the attraction to be the people.

“Everyone who comes in I have seen as a friend, not a customer. Everyone here is like family.”

Moe was a lieutenant in the medical corps unit, supplying pharmaceuticals to army operations in Australia and overseas.

As a poor university student who had already finished a science degree, he was almost ready to drop out when he dropped into the ADF recruitment office.

He found out there were roles for pharmacists and in 1999 he got a scholarship to finish his degree.

Moe said it was difficult leaving the army as there were always lots of friends around. He had found a similar mateship in Biloela.

Along with wife, Sophie, and children Rania, three, and Zack, two, he will leave the pharmacy at the end of next week and head to wintery Warwick.


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