Squadron launch #NewyHelps charity campaign
#NewyHelps was set-up by the Jets supporters group and aims to raise $3,500 to be shared between Sam’s Fund for SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death due to Epilepsy) and the Ronald McDonald House at John Hunter Children’s Hospital.
Sam's Fund was set up in memory of Squadron member Sam Taylor who passed away in May this year at the age of just 23.
For the Ronald McDonald house, a different family of up to five people each game will attend a Jets home fixture, free of charge, with the opportunity to be able to unwind and enjoy some time away for a few hours at the football.
The families will be seated in an open air box at Hunter Stadium with catering already paid for each family member, and they will also recieve a Squadron scarf each.
Also, the Squadron announced that everyone who donates money to the #NewyHelps campaign via their website will be automatically entered into the #NewyHelps Fundraising Raffle.
Every $5 donated will get 1 entry into the raffle, $25 will get you 6 entries. If people are unable to donate via the website, they will also be selling raffle tickets outside the Western Stand entry gates for the next few home games starting with the F3 Derby.
President of the Squadron, Grant Furner, said he is honoured to be a part of the fantastic cause.
“We are very proud to be able to launch the #NewyHelps campaign," he said. "We have been working on this campaign for a number of months now, and is fantastic to be able to finally announce #NewyHelps and start to welcome the RMH families to Hunter Stadium.
"This initiative is especially personal for myself as I briefly stayed at RMH Newcastle back in 1994 when my sister was hospitalised with Transverse Myelitis, which left her paralysed for a short period.
"While she made a full recovery, it was nonetheless a stressful time for our family and the staff and volunteers at RMH were absolutely invaluable in helping our family concentrate on caring for her by providing us with whatever we needed.
"Whether it was a room to sleep, a meal or simply a space for me to do homework while I was studying for my HSC.
"It left a lasting impression on me and I am honoured to be able to help out families having to deal with a child in hospital to have some time off and relax, even if its only for a few hours at the football.”
Almost $500 has already been donated since being launched last week.