Parramatta Eels Launch 'Blue and Gold Heart Round'

The Dyldam Parramatta Eels will dedicate their Round 9 game against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs to the staff and volunteers of the club’s three gold charity partners in the Eels’ 'Blue and Gold Heart Round'.

Staff and volunteers at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Ronald McDonald House Westmead and Careflight will be able to redeem four free tickets to the game at ANZ Stadium on Friday, April 29 to honour their commitment and dedication.  

“Our three gold charity partners have been a vital part of our club for many years, and it’s a privilege to be able to celebrate the staff and volunteers in this way,” Parramatta Eels CEO John Boulous said. 

“It’s a small gesture from our end to say thanks for their hard work and help in our community, and I’m very thankful to ANZ Stadium for also acknowledging their efforts and providing this opportunity.”

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead has over 3,500 staff and 400 volunteers who work tirelessly providing specialist care for sick children across Australia and the Pacific. 

“We are extremely thankful for the opportunity to promote the work we do through nights such as the Blue and Gold Heart Round,” The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s Director of Community Relations and Marketing, Gilly Paxton said. 

“Not only does it provide us with an opportunity to fundraise but gives our staff and volunteers a night out to support our local team.”

Aeromedical transport service Careflight works to a challenging schedule of approximately 40 missions per month, and has been a gold charity partner of the Eels since 2014.

“As an organisation funded completely on community and corporate donations, the support from the Eels is so important,” Careflight Community Engagement Coordinator John Ebbott said. 

“The opportunity for our staff and volunteers to go along to the game is certainly appreciated.”

The staff at Ronald McDonald House at Westmead are proud to be part of Blue and Gold Heart Round, having been associated with the Eels for more than 20 years. 

“Our partnership with the Eels has been very close for such a long time, and their continued generosity in providing tickets for our staff and volunteers is very welcome,” Ronald McDonald House Westmead Executive Officer Mike Thomas said. 

“We have more volunteers than full-time staff and it’s wonderful to be able to thank them for the hours they put in on their own time.”