Bulldogs Captain Michael Ennis and player Josh Reynolds were officially announced on Friday, July 12, as new Ambassadors for childrens cancer charity Camp Quality, which helps create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia.
The players joined a group of Camp Quality kids and their families at Belmore Sports Ground for a fun-filled day of footy activities, bonding and plenty of yummy food.
Ennis and Reynolds launched into their roles as Ambassadors, fulfilling Camp Qualitys aim to give kids and their families an essential break from the stresses and intensity of cancer.
The spirit of Camp Quality struck a chord with Mick Ennis, himself a father of 3 young children.
Camp Quality really resonates with me because it builds optimism and resilience for children and their families living with cancer. I find these qualities inspiring both on and off the field, as Im a family man myself, he said.
Im really proud to be associated with a charity that celebrates life and makes such a difference to these amazing kids and families.
Josh Reynolds arrived at Belmore straight from State of Origin camp and was more than happy to give up his free afternoon for the Camp Quality families.
Playing for an NRL team like the Bulldogs is a privilege, and I feel very fortunate that through the club Ive been given the opportunity to support my community. Thats why Im signing up to be a Camp Quality Ambassador, to help others going through a really tough time. I want to be able to help children living with cancer feel bright about their future, he said.
The kids started the day with games led by NRL Development Officers Ryan Borg and Casey Badger. Holden Cup under 20s players Jaelen Feeney, Denzel King and Patrick Templeman, together with Belles cheerleaders Naomi, Lacey, Melinda and Sarah-Jayne, joined the families on the field for lots of laughs.
After the games, bulldogs Chase & Spike posed for photos and even gave high fives to some very impressed kids.
The families then headed upstairs for some lunch, with chicken kebabs and chicken nuggets generously provided by M&J Chickens (and a few sneaky party treats as well). Mick Ennis led a group rendition of Happy Birthday for little Leila, who turned 8 today. Each child then received a Bulldogs junior pack as a thank you for attending the launch and being a part of the day.
Mick and Josh will continue their roles as Camp Quality Ambassadors with the aim to meet and inspire young children living with cancer and to attend Camp Quality events where they can.
The Camp Quality Ambassadors launch comes ahead of the Bulldogs highly anticipated Grand Final home rematch against the Melbourne Storm. The Round 18 Sunday afternoon game will be dedicated to raising funds for Camp Quality.
Sundays Grand Final rematch against the Melbourne Storm was dedicated to raising funds for Camp Quality.
120 tickets were provided to Camp Quality families to attend the game, with 12 lucky kids participating in the pre-game guard of honour and a further eight visiting the sheds after the game.
Face masks of Camp Quality Ambassador Mick Ennis were available for all fans and Camp Quality volunteers gave up their time to raise money bucket collecting, successfully raising $3120 from the day which was a great result. A big thank you to all who donated generously!
Camp Quality currently only reaches one in three children living with cancer with its programs which build optimism and resilience. Its goal is to reach every child living with cancer, no matter where they live in Australia.