The NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers are proud to support a number of charities.
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
The Ronald McDonald House and Western Sydney Wanderers have had a strong relationship since the club’s inception in 2012. Each season, players regularly visit the house to bring joy to those who need it the most by either visiting during the Christmas period, celebrating seasonal holidays or even randomly stopping by for house visits.
Both Brendon Santalab and Jonathon Aspropotamitis are Ambassadors for Ronald McDonald House.
Every season Wanderers staff and players head to the House to partake in RMH’s Meal from the Heart program. The Program allows community groups to come in to supply and cook dinner for the families of sick children, easing their daily burden.
WESTMEAD CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
The Western Sydney Wanderers visit Westmead Children’s Hospital every season and bring a smile to many young deserving fans especially around Christmas when the Hospital hosts their annual Wanderers Christmas Party.
The Wanderers are firm supporters of White Ribbon Australia and campaign to end violence against women.
In season’s past, the Wanderers have organised a ‘White night’ at a selected match encouraging fans to wear all white and donate to the White Ribbon campaign. Through wearing white, the same colour as the iconic ribbon, the fans and players at Wanderland raise awareness of all those women directly or indirectly affected by violence not only in the Western Sydney region but also throughout Australia.
Players each season take an oath in front of the crowd to further pledge their allegiance towards the cause and to do all in their power to end violence against women. Wanderers player Brendan Hamill is a current Ambassador for White Ribbon.
WISH YOU WERE HERE
The Wanderers association with the Wish You Were Here foundation hopes to make a difference in the community by raising awareness and funding for Pancreatic Cancer research, treatment and detection. In the last 40 years, there have been incredible improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of cancers.
Pancreatic Cancer however, falls into a category that is classified as having a low survival rate with only 10% of people surviving once diagnosed. The Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation is the only foundation in Australia dedicated to Pancreatic Cancer and wants to offer future patients hope of a better outcome.
The Wish You Were Here community project was named in tribute to all those that were taken by Cancer.
The Western Sydney Wanderers will be supporting the Wish You Were Here team in both their Kokoda Track walk and their gala dinner on 8 November 2017.