Parramatta Eels announce Careflight partnership

The Dyldam Parramatta Eels are excited to welcome a new charity partner for 2014, with Careflight coming on board for next season!


Careflight uses helicopters, planes and medi-jets to bring hospital-level care to critically ill and injure patients, and has been saving lives as a charity since 1986.


Careflights Relationship Manager, Scott Monaghan, says its a really exciting relationship for the organisation to be entering into.


The Parramatta Eels are a great fit, being just over the hill from us at Westmead, and having the same colours as us helps, Mr Monaghan said.


Having Darcy is fantastic, as we go out to a lot of sports injuries, head injuries and concussions, at the elite level as well as the average Saturday punter.


The Careflight helicopters carry specialist trauma doctors to provide emergency treatment at the scenes of incidents right around Sydney, with a chopper departing from the Westmead base able to arrive in Sydneys CBD within 15 minutes.


Careflight do a lot of great things in the community and have done so for over 25 years, said proud new ambassador Darcy Lussick.


Its pretty central here, with the Childrens Hospital and Westmead pretty close by, and they do a lot of good.


The relationship between the Parramatta Eels and Careflight will help provide vital exposure of the charity, which relies heavily on donations and fundraising to be able to operate.


Were funded primarily through the community - about 75 percent of our funds come from mums and dads fundraising and buying bears, and we really rely heavily from the community, Monaghan said.


We get about $1 million from Government funding, but we need about $3.2 million from the community each year, so any help we can get is much appreciated.


Darcy says hes hopeful signing on as an ambassador means the Careflight team will be able to take him for his first ever helicopter ride, in between saving countless lives.


Ive never been in a chopper before, and hopefully I never need to get in a Careflight helicopter, but a joyride would be pretty good, he laughed.


Hes a bit heavy, added Monaghan.


But were hoping to something later in the year where we fly into the Eels stadium, so well definitely try and fly him in there.


Click here to find out more about the great work of our new charity partner, Careflight.