On Friday afternoon, after a long week of training, Dyldam Parramatta Eels players Danny Wicks and Cameron King were more than happy to spend their afternoon at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead – Party Day (4 December 2015).
The Blue and Gold have a long-standing relationship with The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, spanning nearly two decades, and Wicks and King were more than happy to lend a hand putting smiles on their guests faces.
“It’s a ball! We have the Christmas carols going on, some characters like Ironman, a snowman floating around plus Santa Claus and Ms Claus which is good,” Wicks said.
“Days like today are awesome, putting smiles on kids faces,” Wicks added.
“This is why we play footy. To spend time with kids that are doing it a bit tougher than we are.”
Party Day is an annual event hosted by the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, where sports stars and TV characters visit the families, children and patients at the hospital at a big party for the children of the hospital.
Wicks and King participated in the activities, posed for photographs, signed autographs and ran a catch and pass skills and drills session for the young patients, families and children in attendance.
“I am doing really well, Cam is terrible! I don’t know if he has ever passed a ball before!” Wicks joked.
“But the kids are enjoying it and we are enjoying it too.”
In 2016, Danny Wicks is the Dyldam Parramatta Eels ambassador for the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, a position he was eager to step in to with a Charity Partner that was so close to his heart.
“Becoming an ambassador was an easy one to make. I have been in and out of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead here, and a few different hospitals with my young fella (he is born at 27 weeks),” Wicks said.
“I know how hard it can be when you are inside the hospital, and if you can make it a little bit easier on a parent or a kid why wouldn’t you do it.” He added.
“It’s special to just be invited.”