The Pirtek Parramatta Eels understand that the club is more than an NRL footy team. It is a major community entity in Sydney's west and it takes that responsibility seriously.
The players, staff and many of our supporters highly value the work they can do to assist those in need and help the community whenever possible.
That's why the Eels Blue and Gold Heart Community Program is so important. It is just another step in bringing the Parramatta National Rugby League Club, the Parramatta District Rugby League Club, the Parramatta Leagues Club, and the community of greater western Sydney together in a lasting and meaningful way.
In 2013, the Parramatta Eels charity programs will take on a new look and feel thanks to an increased involvement from the Club’s players. This season will see the club partner with three main charities as a direct result of feedback and involvement from the players.
Each charity partner will be allocated an Eels player as an ambassador during the relationship.
The Children's Hospital at Westmead
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead is the highly respected, largest paediatric centre in NSW, providing excellent care for children from NSW, Australia and across the Pacific Rim.
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead is world renowned for providing the best care for sick children and their families. This specialist care, combined with community education, advocacy for improved child health and ground-breaking research into childhood illnesses, is blended within a positive, caring and healing environment.
Funded by the NSW Government, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead provides significant extra services aided by the generosity of individual and corporate donors.
For more information, please visit www.chw.edu.au
Ronald McDonald House, Westmead
Ronald McDonald House at Westmead is a caring home away from home for families with seriously ill children receiving treatment at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
When families have to travel far from home to receive specialised medical care for their sick child, seeking accommodation in an unfamiliar place only adds to their stress and anxiety. Treatments can sometimes take weeks, months or even years and children need their families close by for comfort and reassurance. Though there is no place like home, Ronald McDonald House Westmead strives to provide a safe and comfortable environment where the whole family can stay together for the duration of their child’s treatment.
Eels prop Tim Mannah, is the ambassador for Ronald McDonald House, Westmead.
For more information, please visit the Ronald McDonald House Westmead website.
The Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-orientated facility offering specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder.
Ben Smith and Nathan Smith will be the Eels ambassadors for The Black Dog Institute and will undertake skills courses in preparation for hosting mental health seminars and workshops on behalf of Blackdog.
For more information, please visit www.blackdoginstitute.org.au.