23 Mar 2023
Sydney Swans players with Kristina Keneally CEO, SCHF employees and Ollie and his father

Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation (SCHF) is joining forces with the Sydney Swans as the team’s Partner Supporting Kids’ Health for the 2023 AFL and AFLW Premiership Seasons.

Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation believes that all children should have access to the best possible healthcare, whenever and wherever they need it. Working with the Sydney Swans, SCHF will drive that mission by creating fun and engaging experiences for kids and young people that emphasise the importance of nutrition, sports and physical activity.  

SCHF and the Swans will also create kid-friendly content with the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network to help prevent sports injuries and promote healthy lifestyles to children and young people.

Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation CEO Kristina Keneally said the Sydney Swans are a great partner to help raise awareness of the critical services provided by Sydney’s two children’s hospitals and Australia’s largest network of paediatric care.  

“A world-leading hospital network for children and young people requires broad community support and that is why Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation is delighted to join with the Sydney Swans as its Partner Supporting Kids’ Health,” said Kristina Keneally.

Sydney Swans CEO Tom Harley said the team’s partnership with the Foundation to support kids’ health is a great opportunity to share stories of the amazing work of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network with the club’s two million AFL fans.

Partnering with the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation was an easy choice for us because they share our club values of supporting the community and helping kids live active, healthy lives,” said Tom Harley.

Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation is one of the largest and most trusted children’s health charities in Australia dedicated to raising funds to help provide children with access to the best possible healthcare.

In the last three years – despite the pandemic - SCHF raised $170 million from donors to support the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network: The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, Bear Cottage, the Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS), and Kids Research.

One of many young Australians who have benefited from the work of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network is Ollie Lynch. Ollie was born with a double outlet right ventricle, which meant he needed open heart surgery when he was just two days old. Since then, Ollie has had dozens more surgeries, including having his foot amputated when he was four. He now wears a prosthetic leg, which he regularly swaps for his Össur Cheetah Xplore Junior blade to compete in athletics championships. And his unwavering determination and lightning speed have earned him the nickname, Blade Boy. 

Ollie interviewing Sydney Swans players

Kristina Keneally said, “Ollie is so inspiring , and stories like his are what drives all the incredible work the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation does every day. Partnering with the Sydney Swans, their fans and their players will help more Aussie kids like Ollie and their families live their best possible lives.”

Media enquiries:

Amy Miller

WE Communications                            

0431 072 422   

Tom Chadwick

Sydney Swans

0409 840 102

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