Fifteen blood cancer patients and their families staying at the Queensland Freemasons Village in Townsville will be the grateful recipients of North Queensland Toyota Cowboys’ home game tickets for this Saturday night’s match against Melbourne Storm.
The free tickets come courtesy of Tropic Petroleum and the Cowboys’ Field of Dreams program, supporting local charities.
The Leukaemia Foundation’s regional event coordinator for North Queensland, Louisa Calvert, said the round 12 match, which will feature a host of Queensland and NSW State of Origin stars, would be a welcome distraction from treatment for the patients and families who receive tickets.
“We are always looking for a way to provide a little treat for the patients and carers we have staying with us at our accommodation villages,” Louisa said.
“Some patients may be a long way from home and these tickets allow them to be just like anyone else enjoying an evening at the footy.
“Special thanks must go to Tropic Petroleum for donating these tickets as part of the Cowboys Field of Dreams program.”
Bowen resident Mirko Zuvelek, who is staying at the village with his wife while he undertakes treatment, will be one of the Field of Dreams ticket holders.
“I was surprised when we were presented with a double pass to attend such a high-profile match,” Mirko said.
“To be offered a bit of light-hearted relief from the day in, day out of treatment procedures is wonderful.
“I will certainly be cheering on the boys with that extra energy this weekend.”
The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation and receives no ongoing government funding.
It relies on the support of individuals, communities and businesses to fund medical research and provide free support services to patients and their families, including transportation, accommodation and counselling.
Since it started, the Cowboys Field of Dreams program has given more than 2,000 special individuals in the community the opportunity to attend a Cowboys game to watch their heroes live in action at 1300SMILES Stadium.
“Each game day, one of our Field of Dreams sponsors donates 30 home game tickets to a charity in recognition of their valuable contribution to our local community,” Cowboys community relations manager Fiona Pelling said.
“Tropic Petroleum’s generous support for the program means that some very deserving people will see the Cowboys in action this weekend.”
For more information on the program, visit cowboys.com.au/field-of-dreams.