Rugby raises funds for Canberra hospital

Published on LEUT Emily Kennedy (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

Location(s): The Canberra Hospital, ACT

Topic(s): Charities, Fundraising & Community, HMAS Canberra (L02), Rugby Union, HMAS Canberra (II)

(L-R) Mr Dom Mammoliti (iCognition), Dr Tim McDonald (Canberra Hospital), CAPT Jonathan Sadlier (CO NUSHIP Canberra), PatCH the Platypus and Mr John Hillier (ACT Veterans Rugby) at the cheque presentation. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)
(L-R) Mr Dom Mammoliti (iCognition), Dr Tim McDonald (Canberra Hospital), CAPT Jonathan Sadlier (CO NUSHIP Canberra), PatCH the Platypus and Mr John Hillier (ACT Veterans Rugby) at the cheque presentation.

NUSHIP Canberra personnel visited Paediatrics at the Canberra Hospital (PatCH) on 16 September 2013 to join the ACT Veterans Rugby Club in presenting to the PatCH Foundation a $1000 donation from local Canberra based company iCognition.

iCognition donates $2000 for an annual charity rugby match between HMAS Canberra and the ACT Veterans every year. Half the money goes to the PatCH Foundation while the other half goes to the George Gregan Foundation.

The George Gregan Foundation works to raise money to build playgrounds in children's hospitals across Australia; and to train doctors who specialise in the treatment of children with epilepsy and other neurological conditions.

NUSHIP Canberra personnel visited the hospital and were happy to find some of the children in the Paediatrics Unit, playing a game of Battleship with the Captain Starlight staff.

The cheque was presented to the Clinical Director of PatCH, Dr Jeffrey Fletcher.

NUSHIP Canberra played the ACT Veterans in an Annual Charity Rugby Match at RMC Duntroon on Sunday 15 September. This charity event between the ACT Veterans and HMAS Canberra has been held annually since 2005 – the year that HMAS Canberra (II) decommissioned. HMAS Darwin has carried on the tradition between the time of decommissioning Canberra (II) and the forming of NUSHIP Canberra.

This annual event is played with good humour and the score is the same every year - nine all.

Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20131454.