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.
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!
Public support is vital for the Eels Charity Partners work in the community and during My Heroes round, the Blue and Gold look to raise awareness for the House, Careflight and the Children's Hopital at Westmead.
"It is a home from home. Families have meals provided for them by corporate groups and other social groups that come in throughout the week. They become friends in the house and there is nothing more important than making friendships with people who are in the same or similar situations" Simone Daher - Ronald McDonald House said.
"We can empathise but we can never understand truly what they are going through" Daher added.
"It is probably a lot bigger than what most people realise," Scott Monaghan - Careflight said of their operation across Australia.
"We have been going for 30 years here in Greater Sydney but we have a big medical operation in the Northern Territory with six planes and a helicopter up there. But we have a training arm that goes right across Australia providing training free of charge to public service volunteers" Managhan added.
"We are really appreciative of the relationship we do have with the Ronald McDonald House at Westmead and Careflight," Mark Stewart - The Childen's Hospital at Westmead said.
"Their services enable families and patients to access the world class facilities we have here at the hospital that otherwise they wouldn't be able to do" Stewart added.
The Eels visited the Ronald McDonald House at Westmead earlier in the week to officially launch My Heroes Round and Eels forward Danny Wicks was honoured to be involved.
"This is why we do it, this is what makes the game so special when doing things like this with our charity partners" Wicks said of launching My Heroes Round.
"The things they do here, what can you say, unbelievable" Wicks added.