Paediatrics at the Canberra Hospital (PatCH) will return as the CA Brumbies’ number one season ticket holder in 2008.
The children’s ward held the position during 2006 and 2007 with the CA Brumbies raising more than $80,000 for PatCH through various fundraising projects during the season, including match day collections and generous donations by sponsors, including naming-rights sponsor, CA.
The fundraising projects helped purchase vital equipment for the ward, including blood oxygen monitors, sphygmomanometers (for safely and accurately measuring blood pressure) and high dependency care monitors.
CA Brumbies stars Anthony Faingaa, Peter Playford, Julian Salvi and Jone Tawake arrived at the announcement in an ambulance before spending time with the children present at the launch and walking around the PatCH ward to meet the patients and their families.
Director of Paediatrics at the Canberra Hospital, Dr Paul Jenkins was presented with the giant number one ticket and a cheque for $9,500 today. He says the partnership with the CA Brumbies has been vital towards helping PatCH patients.
“We’ve established a really special relationship with the Brumbies over the past two years and we’re all looking forward to working alongside Andrew [Fagan] and his team for 2008,” Dr Jenkins said. “The funds donated over the year by the Brumbies, their sponsors and members provide the means to further develop the services offered by PatCH which the staff and the families of children at PatCH are very grateful for.
“The Brumbies have a terrific presence in our community and we’re extremely grateful for their continued loyalty and very generous fundraising, and I know that the children in the ward always get a terrific boost every time the players and Brumby Jack come to visit.”
As number one ticket holder, PatCH will receive premium season passes and tickets for staff, volunteers, children and their families to attend CA Brumbies matches throughout the season.
Brumbies Rugby CEO Andrew Fagan says the CA Brumbies were pleased to continue their involvement with PatCH in 2008.
“We’re very happy to have PatCH on board with Brumbies Rugby for a third year,” he said. “We’ve again resisted using our number one ticketholder as a promotional tool rather opting to continue to build on the work for this terrific cause.
“We see this as another valuable opportunity for the CA Brumbies to continue putting back into the community and the players have enjoyed doing their part for the PatCH and the children as well.
“We’ll continue our commitment to raising funds to buy much-needed medical equipment and to raise awareness of children’s health through our profile in the community.”