The ‘Easter Bunnies’ visited some of Sydney’s sickest children who will be spending this Easter in Rabbitohs’ heartland at Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick.
Rabbitoh’s NRL stars, Luke Keary and Thomas Burgess, the Souths Cares team along with South Sydney mascot, Reggie Rabbit, took time out from their busy schedules to bring not only smiles to the faces of young patients in the children’s ward but also plenty of Cadbury chocolate bunnies.
State of Origin and Rabbitohs legend, Rhys Wesser, said that he has always enjoyed visiting sick children and finds them inspirational.
“Some of these children are facing huge health challenges but they always do it with a fighting spirit and dignity,” he said.
“These children are just so resilient and determined, much more so then many adults who are also facing challenges in their lives.
“It is great to have Luke Keary and Tom Burgess here with us to engage the children and provide a healthy distraction for them but with no offence to the boys, I have to say that Reggie was definitely the star attraction today,” said Rhys.
Another group of children to enjoy an early ‘Easter Bunny’ visit were the primary students at Bourke Street Public School.
Reggie Rabbit took part in the school’s annual Easter hat parade which involved the entire school community.
Souths Cares indigenous programs manager, Leellen Lewis, accompanied Reggie to the school and said that his arrival sent a chorus of cheers through the school grounds.
“I’ve always considered Reggie to be one of the most popular of the Rabbitohs’ icons among our supporters and the loud and unrelenting cheers from the students seemed to endorse that view,” said Leellen.
“Reggie enjoys interacting with young supporters and he didn’t disappoint on this occasion either.
“He danced and paraded with the students as well as posed for many photographs with most of them and their families.
“The students and no doubt their parents, had put a lot of effort in to making the Easter hats."
While many featured feathers, chick eggs, rabbits and flowers, I was really impressed by one that was shaped like a rocket and another that was reminiscent of the hats Hollywood actress, Carmen Miranda, wore.
“Seeing the reaction of the children, the gratitude of the school and the smiles all round left no doubt that Reggie Rabbit is one very popular fellow,” Leellen concluded.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs and Souths Cares would like to wish the South Sydney family a very Happy Easter.