Sydney players support city’s sick kids

Sydney FC does its bit to support the Children's Hospital at Westmead.

When it comes to good causes there are few more worthy than the Children-s Hospital at Westmead, and this week Sydney FC defender, Simon Colosimo took time out from his own injury rehabilitation to assist with the Sydney Markets Charity Mango auction, which raises valuable funds for the hospital.

“It really puts things in perspective,” explained Colosimo. “The courage of these kids is incredible and a real inspiration when we as footballers are facing our own small hurdles.”

The annual auction at Flemington sees the season-s first mangoes go under the hammer each September, and this year the first tray attracted a winning bid of $7,000.

In all $35,000 was raised for the Children-s Hospital, which will provide an important boost for the work it does with Sydney-s sick kids.

“It-s a great initiative from the markets, and great to see so many people on hand to support the cause, “ said Colosimo.

Sydney FC has strong links with Westmead.

Captain, Tony Popovic is an ambassador for the hospital, and recently Robbie Middleby, Terry McFlynn and Alex Brosque represented their team-mates, visiting the Western Sydney facility to meet with young fans in the surgical ward.

The trio also added to the hospital-s coffers, presented staff with a cheque, following fund-raising efforts amongst the players.