Healthcare Heartbeat has been chosen by AFL’s Brisbane Lions FC as the beneficiary for an upcoming 50-50 Charity Raffle. Funds raised during the home game taking place on Saturday 11 June at The Gabba in Brisbane will go towards improving the mental health of healthcare and emergency services workers through Healthcare Heartbeat.

Healthcare Heartbeat brings together a range of essential services tailored for healthcare professionals and first responders under one united banner. This includes mental fitness training, self-development and career courses, access to crisis lines, retreats, overseas volunteering placements, and meal delivery services.

Each year the Brisbane Lions provides support to a number of charity partners with the 50-50 Charity Raffle, to further gain awareness and fundraising for charities to continue the vital work they undertake within communities. Half the prize pool raised at each fundraising raffle goes to one lucky ticket holder who is drawn at random during the game. The remaining 50 percent goes support great causes, and for this game Healthcare Heartbeat will share in the proceeds.

Healthcare Heartbeat are seeking volunteers to experience the ‘behind the scenes’ action of game day while selling Brisbane Lions 50-50 Charity Raffle tickets to the fans during their upcoming home game against St Kilda at the Gabba on Saturday 11 June.

Registered Nurse Helen Zahos will be one of the participants volunteering at the Gabba on 11 June. Helen is a Humanitarian, Emergency Nurse and Paramedic who has volunteered in disaster areas around the world and has cared for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. She has now commenced her studies exploring the increased rate of burn-out and mental health issues that frontline workers face as a result of their profession.

“Healthcare and Emergency Services workers time and time again put the community's needs in front of their own, and we all know this is taking it’s toll. Our workers are feeling exhausted, burnt out, and in need of a break. Nurses are resigning from workplace stress and pressure, and those who haven't are beyond exhausted. No one should be pushed to the point of quitting their job due to stress, nor should they be expected to be pushed to their limit each day to the point of almost irreparable exhaustion,” shares Helen.

“Through supporting vital initiatives such as Healthcare Heartbeat, we can improve some of the many challenges that our workers are currently facing. This is extremely valid for the younger generation of nurses and first responders who are just commencing their careers. We need to ensure they are equipped with the right tools to manage stress and anxiety, so that they don’t experience burn out or PTSD early on in their careers.”

Healthcare Heartbeat are very appreciative of the support and commitment from Brisbane Lions.

Healthcare Heartbeat creates opportunities for our hard working and valued healthcare and emergency services workers to access additional support while being acknowledged for their continuous efforts through challenging times. Many have dedicated their lives to the well-being and safety of their communities, often at the expense of their own health and the health of their families. We are so grateful that the Brisbane Lions selected Healthcare Heartbeat for their 50:50 Charity Raffle beneficiary and share our aim in making a positive impact to a workforce at breaking point,” acknowledges Gabriella Ocenasek, Director of Healthcare Heartbeat & World Youth International.

Can you help improve the mental health of our healthcare heroes by joining Helen and the team of volunteers at the Gabba on Saturday 11 June?


Saturday 11 June.

  • Volunteers are required to arrive at 5pm for a briefing, and sell raffle tickets from 6.00pm kick-off through to the end of the half time break.
  • Volunteers can then watch the big game with complimentary match ticket (allocated volunteer area).
  • Ticket sellers must be 18 and over.
  • On-site training and support to sell raffle tickets by iPad & contactless payment device (no cash) will be provided.
  • Work in pairs or individually.
  • Volunteers to wear jeans, covered comfortable shoes and a plain colour t-shirt (or a charity branded t-shirt). 50-50 branded aprons and caps will be provided.

Email: [email protected] for more information and to register as a volunteer for Saturday 11 June.

Your chance to win while also ‘giving back’ to our healthcare heroes - you can purchase raffle tickets before the game - online sales open on Monday 6 June here.


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