Earlier this week, the Parramatta Eels launched Community Round at Ronald McDonald House, Westmead.
The Eels will dedicate their Round 23 NRL Telstra Premiership clash against the Newcastle Knights at ANZ Stadium on Friday 11 August to recognise the staff and volunteers of the club’s charity partners.
“The Parramatta Eels rugby league club is going through a transition and building phase so what we did about 6-8 moths ago was determine the type of Club we want to be.” Parramatta Eels CEO Bernie Gurr said at the launch.
“We determined we want to be a values based organised organisation and we want to be a community centric organisation as well so we really feel from a Club point of view they are the building blocks of our Club.”
“To be able to have a Community Round where we recognise and appreciate our involvement with these great charities is very, very important to us.”
“Everybody in our Club embraces it, and the most important blokes to embrace it are our players. I have been at a number of community functions with our players, some who are here today, and they are outstanding and they have bought in.” Gurr added.
“The Parramatta Eels do a lot behind the scenes, that the general public and media don’t see what we do. We are at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead or Ronald McDonald House and the boys really do appreciate the time and invitations to come out here and spend it with the kids.” Eels co-captain Beau Scott said.
“The boys can really see the impact they have on the kids lives.”