Melbourne Victory

Kicking goals with Melbourne Victory

There were plenty of smiles in Northern Health’s paediatric ward on February 13 when players from Melbourne Victory spent time with some of our youngest patients.

Star striker Archie Thompson was just one of the players who was happy to share some coaching tips to aspiring soccer players and pose for photos. ‘Being able to bring a smile to a little one’s face is one of the best parts of my job,’ Archie says. ‘Spending time with the kids here at the Northern Hospital has been a really special day.’

Northern Health CEO, Greg Pullen, praised Melbourne Victory for donating their time and thanked sponsor La Ionica who recently donated $15,000 towards the purchase of an Infant Isolette for Northern Health’s Special Care Nursery. ‘The support of generous organisations like La Ionica is crucial to Northern Health’s ongoing ability to meet the needs of our growing community,’ Greg says. ‘Having the Melbourne Victory players here has really lifted the spirits of some very sick children.’

The Infant Isolette is a life-saving piece of medical equipment that acts as an incubator for newborns requiring special assistance. La Ionica spokeswoman, Pina DiDonato said the company was a firm believer in having strong ties with the community. ‘Our charitable giving as a whole is focused on children and we believe the health of the next generation here in the Northern community is very important,’ Pina says. ‘We’re very pleased to be able to help with the purchase of the Isolette which will help hundreds of newborn babies get the best care available.’

Support from local businesses is extremely important to Northern Health. Organisations of all sizes can choose their involvement at a range of levels and contribute funds that will improve the health of our Northern community.