The Aquis Gold Coast Titans’ ongoing support of Ronald McDonald House (RMH) South East Queensland has seen a cheque for $25,000 presented to the organisation this week from proceeds of the club’s annual charity ball.
Ronald McDonald House South East Queensland business and finance manager Steve Whitehead paid tribute to the Titans’ support in 2015 when he accepted the cheque at the club’s annual awards dinner.
The Titans provided widespread exposure for RMH in the first half of the season when it placed its logo on the front of the playing jerseys until Aquis were secured as naming rights sponsor.
Mr Whitehead said the exposure was invaluable.
The club was also the catalyst of the Points for Hope fund-raiser where Jupiters Hotel and Casino donated a thousand dollars for every point the Titans scored in the NRL season, which provided RMH with a $439,000 windfall.
“We are so grateful for the great support from the Titans and we are very proud to be a part of this amazing club,” Mr Whitehead said.
“To the board and staff, thank you for taking time out in one of the busiest development years of your club’s history to worry about Ronald McDonald House and the families we’re trying to put a roof over the heads of.
“It shows the depth of your club and the values you are bringing. We are very buoyed by having the board and the Titans behind us.”
More than 250 families stay annually at RMH accommodation in south east Queensland and the two current houses with a third being built at a cost of $35 million in south Brisbane, which will be the largest in the world.
The purpose of this new house is to provide family accommodation to support families of seriously ill children from rural and regional locations who need to attend the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital and the Mater Mothers’ Hospital for treatment.
“As we continue to work with families in the region, having the Gold Coast Titans behind us helps us believe that anything is possible,” Mr Whitehead said.