Fundraising all in a game of football

A group of PMH doctors are making fundraising look easy, proving that supporting children at PMH is as simple as playing a game of football!

PMH consultants and junior doctors faced off in the inaugural PMH Doctors’ Charity Soccer Match last month at Rosalie Park in Subiaco.

More than pride was at stake in the match – instead, the aim was to raise over $1,300 for Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.

PMH Chief Registrar and Refugee Health Fellow Dr Paul Sander worked with the PMH Doctors Social Society to organise the charity soccer match for hospital staff, which was followed by a gourmet barbeque lunch for all players, family and friends at the Subiaco Soccer Club.

He said the decision to fundraise for the Foundation was an easy one.

“As PMH doctors, we see firsthand the positive effects of the work and fundraising that the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation do for our patients, their families and their community,” he said.

“It was an easy choice to fundraise for the Foundation through our inaugural PMH Doctors’ Charity Match.”

He explained it was simple to set up a fundraising strategy for the game:

1. “All doctors who played in the match were asked to put in a ‘player’s fee’ which went straight to the fundraising.”

2. “All food and drinks were donated by the PMH Junior Doctors’ Society; and then players, spectators and families were charged $5-10 for lunch, all of which went into the fundraising pool.”

3. “Finally, we placed a donation tin on the Winner’s table throughout the match for people to donate any spare change.”

The winning team - PMH Consultants!

The winning team – PMH Consultants!

Dr Sander had straightforward advice for other people considering doing their own fundraiser.

“Get in touch with the Foundation early as they are very experienced and eager to help with marketing, props, flags, Stitches the Bear, and more! The best thing about our event was the support we received from Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation staff (and from Stitches the Bear!)”

As for the final score… much to the dismay of the junior doctors, the consultants brought home the win scoring two goals to one.

Dr Nick Larkins (Renal Department) and team captain Dr Rishi Kotecha (Oncology Department) scored for the consultants, while Dr Adrian Tarca scored the junior doctors’ only goal.

Congratulations to the winning team and thank you so much to everyone involved in making the match an awesome fundraiser!

We look forward to the junior doctors’ team claiming the trophy from the consultants next year!

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