Harrison helps Raise it for Redcliffe Hospital

Published 5:00am 15 March 2023

Harrison helps Raise it for Redcliffe Hospital
Words by Nick Crockford

Harrison Dunn is learning to walk again, but that did not stop him joining a pre-match guard of honour for the Dolphins' NRL side on Saturday.

The nine-year-old joined volunteers and donors on a day when the Dolphins turned the spotlight on RBWH Foundation’s Raise it for Redcliffe Hospital campaign.

It was a memorable moment for the Redcliffe student, alongside his father, after both were in collision with a car on their way home from school last year.

For the young Dolphins fan, one of five children living in Rothwell after their family home was flooded 13 months ago, it has been on a long road to recovery.

That includes hydrotherapy at Dolphins Fitness and Aquatic Centre, but Harrison was given a huge boost in the Raise it for Redcliffe Hospital Impact Partners guard of honour.

Harrison helps Raise it for Redcliffe Hospital
Harrison and grandfather Stephen meeting Wayne Bennett after training on Friday.

The Vidler Family Foundation and Dynamic Bradview Roofing gave up their match tickets to Saturday's game and place in the guard of honour, for Harrison.

He helped cheer the Dolphins onto the pitch ahead of the NRL clash with Canberra and from the sidelines, as the NRL’s newest club won 20-14.

That followed a visit to Dolphins’ training on Friday, when Harrison and his grandfather Stephen Dunn, met coach Wayne Bennett and several players.

In total, 65 donors, supporters and volunteers received game day passes from developer Ausbuild, a Dolphins Community Partner, to recognise their support for Redcliffe Hospital.

Joint Managing Director Matthew Bell said Ausbuild was delighted to support those who helped raise more than $500,000 for the hospital over two years.

Harrison helps Raise it for Redcliffe Hospital
Harrison Dunn, third from left on left-hand side, forming the guard of honour on Saturday.

“The incredible generosity of donors and our local volunteers epitomise true community spirit.’’ Mr Bell said.

Dolphins NRL Chief Executive Officer Terry Reader said it was humbling to witness the community support for the Redcliffe Hospital volunteers and the donors.

“It was a joyful way to celebrate the contribution so many people are making to ensure people in our communities get the best medical care when they need it,’’ he said.

RBWH Foundation CEO Simone Garske said: “Redcliffe Hospital plays a key role in the health and wellbeing for the whole community. That includes Dolphins fans.

“RBWH Foundation is grateful to Ausbuild and Dolphins NRL for the opportunity to recognise the generous, caring community and Impact Partners behind Raise it for Redcliffe Hospital.”

Harrison helps Raise it for Redcliffe Hospital
Harrison Dunn in his Dolphins shirt

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