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Port Pirie pharmacist Adeel Ansari to leave town after a decade

HAPPY: Adeel Ansari has been part of Risdon Pharmacy for 10 years and has enjoyed his time in Port Pirie. Photo: Supplied

HAPPY: Adeel Ansari has been part of Risdon Pharmacy for 10 years and has enjoyed his time in Port Pirie. Photo: Supplied

After a decade gaining experience in his profession and getting immersed in the community, Adeel Ansari is preparing to say goodbye to Port Pirie.

Having received another work opportunity in Adelaide, Mr Ansari and his family will be leaving the town they have called home since 2011.

But as he looks back at his time in the Mid North town, Mr Ansari did not think his time in the Spencer Gulf would be as long as it was.

"When I moved to Port Pirie, I thought it would be for a year or two - little did I know I would here for a decade."

Ahead of making the move in mid-December, Mr Ansari said there were "mixed emotions".

"I am sad because I really like Port Pirie and have served this lovely community for nearly 10 years," he said.

"I got love and respect in return that I will always cherish, and I thank the community for the love and support they have given me over the years."

Mr Ansari moved from his native Pakistan to Melbourne and in 2010 passed his pharmacy exams.

He got an internship in Port Pirie and started at Risdon Pharmacy in 2011, before becoming a registered pharmacist in 2013.

The pharmacy manager said he had received an opportunity in Adelaide within the same company and that it was the time for a change.

"We were looking for a change and to go to a bigger city," Mr Ansari said.

COMMUNITY: Adeel Ansari has thanked the community for their support over the past decade. Photo: Supplied

COMMUNITY: Adeel Ansari has thanked the community for their support over the past decade. Photo: Supplied

Not to say that he will not miss Port Pirie. There are aspects of the city which the pharmacist really enjoyed and will miss when he packs up and leaves.

"The people are very lovely and very friendly, and everything is close by," he said.

"People were very supportive of me in Port Pirie and I can say it is my home away from home."

When not helping locals in the pharmacy Mr Ansari enjoyed rolling his arm on the cricket pitch and during his stay in town he has represented two clubs - Risdon and South Port - although work has restricted his time out in the middle in recent years.

"I have enjoyed playing cricket, but I have not played much in the last two seasons because of working six days a week," he said.

"If other pharmacists were available I could play, but not much lately, and with the COVID situation it is very hard to get pharmacists."