Sydney Thunder players yesterday surprised patients at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead as they delivered gifts in the lead up to Christmas.
New Zealand superstar Rachel Priest was joined by Lisa Griffith, Daniel Sams and Liam Hatcher as they visited three wards and spent time with patients and staff.
“Cricket seems like a pretty small thing in your life when you come and see some of the challenges these guys go through,” said Priest.
“It was a real privilege to come in and spend some time with them and their families and hopefully spread a little Christmas cheer.”
Griffith was thankful for the opportunity to meet the children and their families and spread the Christmas spirit.
“It is really good to have the opportunity to be with Sydney Thunder and go around and see these kids and hopefully put a little smile on their face,” said Griffith.
Thunder all-rounder Daniel Sams paid tribute to the staff on the two wards that Thunder visited.
“It’s pretty amazing the what the staff do here,” said Sams.
“It really puts it into perspective how lucky we are to do what we do. It was so good to come here and see the kids and see the smiles on their faces and give them some Christmas presents.”
Hatcher was inspired by the positive attitude of the children and their families despite their challenging circumstances.
“Anything we can do to help them out and put a smile on their face is well worth while. I can’t imagine what some of these families are going through, around Christmas time which is all about family. We live the dream getting to play professional cricket, it’s inspiring to come here and see them with a big smile on their face,” said Hatcher.
Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon said it's a privilege to be able to give back to the Thunder Nation, especially at this important time of year.
“Having a double header on Christmas Eve this season has reinforced to everyone at the club the importance of family and loved ones at this time of year,” said Germon.
“Our players know that they are very fortunate to have their health and an ability to make a living from playing a sport they love. They also know that sport has the opportunity to have a significant, positive impact on our community.
“The Children’s Hospital at Westmead is part of our Thunder Nation and does an outstanding job of looking after the most important citizens in our Thunder Nation, our children. It is both humbling and a privilege for our club to be able to make a small difference like this at this important time of year.”
Sydney Thunder take on the Sydney Sixers on 24 December at Spotless Stadium in their first KFC Big Bash League game of the season in Sydney. The club has joined forces with Barnados Australia in asking supporters and members to bring unwrapped gifts to the game to help give disadvantaged Australian children the opportunity to open a present on Christmas Day. Secure your ticket to the Sydney Smash HERE.