Places to be together

For the entire month of February, CHRG across all of its venues (Castle Hill RSL Club, Club Parramatta, Lynwood Golf and Country Club and Castle Hill Fitness and Aquatic Centre) will be raising awareness and collecting donations for HeartKids.

HeartKids is the only national not-for-profit organisation solely focused on supporting and advocating for all people impacted by Congenital or Childhood-Acquired Heart Disease (CHD) – one of the largest causes of infant death in Australia. HeartKids offers support to ‘heart families’ on multiple levels – providing care-bags with essential items for a hospital stay, financial assistance, parent education and community support pathways.

CHRG has a very special reason for jumping onboard to help raise awareness and donations for HeartKids, with CHRG’s General Manager of Lynwood Golf and Country Club, Matt Bailey, and his family having gone through their own ‘heart journey’ with their beautiful daughter Harriet. Soon after Harriet was born in August 2020, she was diagnosed with several major heart defects, and at just 8 days old, Harriet underwent major heart surgery and HeartKids were there every step of the way to give much-needed support to the Bailey family.

Mr David O’Neil, Group CEO of CHRG, said “We are in a fortunate position to be able to be support this wonderful organisation who supported one of our very own CHRG families during their time of need.”

Mr O’Neil added “As a father myself, I can only imagine how confronting and frightening it would be to hear that your newborn baby needs to undergo major heart surgery. I’m thankful that HeartKids was there to provide expert support for Matt and his family, not only during that difficult time – but I understand they still support the Bailey family to this day.”

State Manager of HeartKids, Mrs. Janyne Hogan, said “Every day in Australia, eight babies are born with a form of congenital heart disease – that’s one family every three hours whose life changes in a heartbeat.

“As we strive to increase community awareness of HeartKids, and its services available to families impacted by congenital heart disease in the local community, we are delighted to be partnering with CHRG this February, and beyond into 2022.” Mrs Hogan added.

To help HeartKids raise awareness and funds, CHRG is encouraging their staff, members and the local community to come together and join them by being ‘Sweet Hearts’ and make a donation to their HeartKids via wishing wells in each of their Clubs throughout February.

Not only does CHRG have HeartKids bracelets available for $5ea, but they are also collecting donations of new and packaged toiletry items and children’s activity packs for HeartKids to add to their ‘Heart Bags’, which are full of every-day essential items to help support parents and and children during their hospital stay.

If you would like more information on how you can make a donation, please contact bradenk@chrg.com.au or pop into one of CHRG’s venues:

www.castlehillrsl.com.au

www.clubparramatta.com.au

www.lynwoodcc.com.au

www.heartkids.org.au