Western Sydney Wanderers FC are proud to announce that captain Mitchell Duke and defenders Dylan McGowan and Patrick Ziegler will be the club's new Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney (RMHC GWS) Ambassadors.
The announcement comes ahead of the club's annual Ronald McDonald House fixture this Saturday 2 November against Brisbane Roar.
Over the course of the partnership, Wanderers players and club officials have regularly given their time in support of the various events and programs the charity provides for families throughout the year.
A favourite day in the Wanderers calendar is when the players and staff visit the House and cook a healthy home-cooked meal for families who have spent a long day in the hospital ward with their seriously ill child. It is a chance for players and staff to meet families, hear their stories and offer a little support during their journey.
By acknowledging RMHC Greater Western Sydney at Saturday's match against the Roar, and including families from Ronald McDonald House Greater Western Sydney as part of the game-day experience, the Wanderers really are keeping families close.
Chief Executive Officer at Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney Belinda Woolford said the house was honoured to have the Wanderers' support.
"We’re forever grateful to the Wanderers for their ongoing support of seriously ill children and their families,” said Woolford.
“When the players visit the house, you can see the impact immediately, spirits are lifted, which is priceless”.
Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said he was proud of the club’s long-standing relationship with the charity.
“The Wanderers are so proud of our long-standing relationship with Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney.
“When we visit the house, we all walk away with a little more perspective and are grateful for the opportunity to bring a smile to the faces of the children in the house.”
Western Sydney Wanderers captain Mitchell Duke said the relationship with the house was a special one for him.
“It means a lot to me and I’m very proud to be an ambassador actually, especially having my own son that’s three years old,” said Duke.
“To see such young kids fighting and battling with such bad things is tough to see, but it’s also inspirational that they are such fighters and battle every day for what we take for granted.”