Press Release

QBE Goals for Good – netball shootout for kids’ cancer research

All eyes will remain on the court during half time at the NSW Swifts vs. Adelaide Thunderbirds game at the Quaycentre on Sunday, for the QBE Goals for Good charity goal shootout. With a minute on the clock, QBE will be donating $100 for every goal scored to The Kids’ Cancer Project.

The QBE Foundation, the charitable arm of Australia’s largest global insurer, will match the funds raised during the QBE Goals for Good shootout. This will take QBE’s contribution to The Kids’ Cancer Project to more than $100,000 to date in 2018, as the charity is one of the QBE Foundation’s major charity partners. The Foundation has been a long-term supporter of the research The Kids’ Cancer Project invests in, and will continue this support into 2019.

QBE Goals for Good is a combined initiative between QBE and principle partner the Swifts, and supports Netball NSW Crazy Hair & Sock Day to reach their fundraising goal of $60,000 for children’s cancer research.

With QBE and the Swifts celebrating a decade-long partnership this year, QBE has expanded its partnership to support both the New South Wales State Age and New South Wales State Championship competitions. Parramatta Auburn’s Under 14 State Age Team Champion Celine Khoury will be taking on the clock on Sunday for the fundraising initiative.

This year marks the second year of the QBE Foundation’s multi-year partnership with The Kids’ Cancer Project, which supports the QBE Foundation Young Research Fellowship. The fellowship aims to increase the treatment options available for rare childhood cancers – this year the research will focus on improved treatment and outcomes for an aggressive childhood cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma.

QBE Foundation Chair Bettina Pidcock said the QBE Goals for Good initiative is a prime example of how QBE and the Swifts work together to support the community.

“We’ve partnered with the Swifts for ten years now, and we’re so proud of this relationship and the community support we’ve been able to achieve together,” Ms Pidcock said.

“The Swifts club and players have an incredible energy, which helps to bring attention to the important work The Kids’ Cancer Project is doing, especially through their investment into rare childhood cancer treatment research.”
NSW Swifts General Manager – Commercial and Corporate Partnerships Tim Underwood, said the team are looking forward to the charity game this weekend.

“The Crazy Hair and Sock Round with The Kids’ Cancer Project is something we look forward to and cherish every year,” said Mr Underwood.

“We are delighted QBE is also supporting the cause through the QBE Goals for Good activation at half time and we’ll be cheering on Celine, as will 3,000 others in the stands, to shoot as many goals as possible in a minute.”

CEO of The Kids’ Cancer Project Owen Finegan, said this weekend’s charity game is important to bring awareness to the cause.

“The charity games are a lot of fun but more importantly, they help us make more people aware that cancer kills more children in this country than any other disease, and that scientific research is the solution,” said Mr Finegan.

“We are so grateful that the Swifts introduced us to QBE, a partnership that is nearing five years. Both organisations are always looking to improve how we work together to help children with many different types of cancer.”

The charity game between the NSW Swifts and Adelaide Thunderbirds will be held at 1pm Sydney time at the Quaycentre, with doors opening at 12pm.

For further information please contact:
Erica Tarlington
External Communications Specialist - QBE Corporate Communications
Phone: +61 466 028 302