This Saturday, May 16, the Dyldam Parramatta Eels are putting on a massive day of footy as we celebrate our charity partners and Women in League. The game is a triple-header, with all three grades playing the New Zealand Warriors at home at Parramatta's Pirtek Stadium.
Gates open: 10.30am
NYC kick off: 10.40pm
NSW Cup kick off: 12.40pm
NRL kick off: 3pm
My Heroes Round:
My Heroes round is our chance to salute the incredible work of our three gold charity partners: Careflight, the Children's Hospital at Westmead, and Ronald McDonald House Westmead.
We can't wait to welcome families from all three of our charity partners to enjoy the game, and of course, you can meet and mingle with our gold charity partners at the Stadium and in Parramatta Motor Group TryLine City!
Established in 1986, CareFlight's mission is to save lives, speed recovery and serve the community by providing the highest standard of rapid response critical care.
CareFlight use helicopters, aeroplanes and medi-jets to bring a hospital level of care to the critically ill and injured. The doctors and nurses are specially trained in pre-hospital and transport medicine. They care for severely injured patients who need emergency treatment at the scene of the incident. They also transport seriously ill patients who need to be moved between hospitals. Currently, CareFlight aeromedical teams care for over 5,000 patients a year.
The Dyldam Parramatta Eels have been in partnership with CareFlight since the end of 2013 visiting their facilitie to observe some of the facilities and treatment techniques.
“You probably don’t realise just how much money it costs to operate, like you said, $10 000 a day is quite expensive and they rely on the community to fund it,” Eels forward Darcy Lussick said.
Scott Monaghan from CareFlight, whom have over 350 missions a year, stressed the importance of relying on community support and donations for their missions.
“We do about a mission a day and it works out at about $10,000-$11,000 every rescue we do,” Monaghan said.
“We are 100% supported by the community, with no government funding, so we really do rely on the community to keep us in the air.”
“It really does help us to keep building that profile and make sure we get the support we need to keep flying.”