Michael Galonski and Royalene Lisle with a Gladstone Mudcrabs jersey surrounded by Gladstone Hospital staff and Mudcrabs players along with Aestec staff, David Sparkman (Sparkman's) and Zoe Underhill (Raine and Horne) at Gladstone Hospital's Maternity War.
Michael Galonski and Royalene Lisle with a Gladstone Mudcrabs jersey surrounded by Gladstone Hospital staff and Mudcrabs players along with Aestec staff, David Sparkman (Sparkman's) and Zoe Underhill (Raine and Horne) at Gladstone Hospital's Maternity War.

Muddies’ off-season efforts help mothers

GLADSTONE Mudcrabs are kicking goals even in the Capricornia AFL off-season, donating $4500 to Gladstone Hospital's maternity ward.

The money raised during the season will help make the ward more like home for parents and families.

The idea came to Mudcrabs president Michael Galonski and his wife Jann, who have spent some time in the ward in the past few years.

The money will help supply a new kitchen as well other essentials that need upgrading.

"We have a lot of babies at the club and my wife suggested that this would be a good opportunity for a charity day," Galonski said.

"It is something that is close to many of the members of the club."

The hospital's director of nursing Kevin Cropper said he was overwhelmed by the generosity of the club and its members.

He knows how much of a difference the funding will make to both patients and staff.

He also said he would add the Mudcrabs to the list of teams he follows, headed by the Fremantle Dockers after some years spent in Western Australia.

"The hospital is very grateful for the hard effort," he said.

"The work has already begun. It will make the place feel more like home."

"We will be getting right behind the Mudcrabs next season," he said.

The Mudcrabs could not have raised the money, if they had been required to do it alone, and Galonski said the assistance from within the community had been outstanding.

Aestec bought and supplied special jerseys for the day, which the players bought to keep after the match.

There was also a raffle held to cap off the donation at $4500, which was supplied by Raine and Horne.

"Without Aestec's support the fundraising would not have gone ahead; they bought the jerseys for us at the start," Galonski said.

For Ben Matthews, owner and director of Aestec, seeing the whole scenario work and where the money would go, made him keen to help again in the future.

"It is always good to support something that is a success," he said.

The donations:

  • Gladstone Mudcrabs raised $4500 for Gladstone Hospital's Maternity Ward
  • Raine and Horne supplied raffle prizes
  • Sparkman's is doing the work at the hospital


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