John has been a South Sydney Rabbitohs supporter for 82 years. At the age of 91 years old he has never had the opportunity to meet the team before.
Luckily, a family member of one of our staff works for Fujitsu General Australia, who is a major sponsor of the Rabbitohs. As the football season drew to a close for the year, the team would often attend functions for fundraising purposes. One such function was with the Fujitsu Group, who held a BBQ lunch with the team, staff, and families at the Fujitsu head office at Eastern Creek.
Once this opportunity presented itself, we worked with the family member to include John on the invitation to the BBQ. Fujitsu were kind enough to agree to this request, and were very happy for John to attend. Julie Barry, the Care Service Manager at Mary Mackillop, asked John to join her for a few hours on the day of the BBQ for an outing. She asked him if he would like to meet the Rabbitohs team. John undoubtedly thought that she mucking around but once she produced the invitation he was very excited.
The whole Rabbitoh’s team were at the BBQ, which was a dream come true for John. He had lunch with Sam Burgess and Greg Inglis, and spent the afternoon meeting the rest of the team, who willingly posed for pictures with John, signed his hat, and talked to him about the team- a few of them were in disbelief about just how long John had been supporting them!
A major highlight of the day was the team photo (which John was asked to join), and the presentation of an autographed playing ball for John to keep as a memento.
We would like to extend a big thank you to Fujitsu Australia for allowing us to attend, and the Rabbitohs players for the support and kindness shown towards John on the day. It was wonderful to see his dream come true.
You can check out John on the official South Sydney Website where he is featured in many photos that were taken on that day.
John was so happy about his day out that he presented a talk about his experience to the other Mary Mackillop residents during the monthly Resident Meeting.