Busy Christmas for Bulldogs in the Community
Monday 24 December 2012 8:00 AM
Bulldogs players were busy spreading the Christmas spirit over the past month including numerous hospitals, performing random acts of kindness for surprised shoppers, wrapping gifts for donations and attending community Christmas events.
On Saturday, December 15 Joel Romelo and Martin Taupau added a Bulldog flavour to this year’s Operation Christmas at the Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick. The annual event sees celebrities, tv personalities and sports stars join forces to bring smiles to young patients faces and deliver a present or two in the process.
2013 was Joel Romelo’s second time participating and an annual event he likes being a part of.
“Taking time out to help Operation Christmas is a no brainer” said Joel. “It is awesome to be able to give the kids presents and see the smiles on their faces”.
“I have a son of my own so when i heard it was back on this year i put my hand up straight away. No one likes being in hospital and around Christmas is the worst.”
Bulldogs in the Community also supported Youth Off the Streets Bankstown Christmas Party with Sam Kasiano and Josh Reynolds surprising guests.
The players were big hits at Paul Keating Park, Bankstown; all that was needed was the red suit to complete the look as they gave out boxes of Bulldogs packs and hats for the very appreciative and well deserving youth and families.
It was a great set up at the party with a band and DJ live on stage, a Christmas tree, a barbeque and numerous games of touch football , a basketball competition and lucky door prizes.
Along with Operation Christmas and Youth off the Streets the Bulldogs also assisted and took part in the following Christmas activities:
- Visiting Canterbury Children’s Hospital and Bankstown Children’s Hospital Christmas Party
- Delivering Chrisco hampers to Salvation Army Campsie and Ronald McDonald House Westmead
- Wrapping Christmas presents with the Salvation Army at Campsie
- Performing random acts of kindness as part of the NRL’s Secret Santa initiative at Bankstown Centro