The St George Football Association (SGFA) together with its Charity Shield Partner 14 Star Children’s Foundation were on hand  last Tuesday to present the St George Hospital with a cheque for $6,300. The funds were raised from the inaugural SGFA Charity Shield staged earlier this year and will be directed to the Hospitals Children’s Ward.

SGFA General Manager, Craig Kiely, “The Children’s Ward at the St George Hospital provide such an important service to our community and we are pleased that we can provide some assistance to support to the wonderful work that they do.

This year was the first time that we had staged the Charity event and it was a fantastic day supported by our Clubs, referees and Charity Partners 14 Star Children’s Foundation and Sydney FC. We hope to make this an annual event and have no doubt it will grow each year. ” Stated Kiely.

Leisa Rathborne, General Manager, St George Hospital, said the hospital is fortunate to have the ongoing support of the local community.

“St George Hospital thanks the St George Football Association for their generous donation of $6,300 which will go towards the purchase of an electronic cot for the children’s ward.  Electronic cots are adjustable to different heights and rail heights can be adjusted making it easier for staff and parents to have easy access to young children and babies.  Additionally, the end panels of the cot are removable to allow for emergency access and medical intervention for young patients,” Ms Rathborne said.

It was a fun occasion for kids and staff with guest appearances from Dora the Explora and Minions who spent time visiting some of the patients.

A special thanks goes to Arncliffe Aurora, Carlton Rovers, Connells Point Rovers, Glory FC, Forest Rangers, Lugarno FC, Oatley RSL, Scots FC, Rockdale City Suns, the St George Football Referees Association, Sydney FC and the SGFA Charity Cup Working Committee.