nib Newcastle Knights platinum partner PalmerBet is once again throwing its support behind the John Hunter Children’s Hospital ahead of Saturday’s NRL Semi-Final clash against the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland.
With New Zealand law prohibiting the display of Australian wagering operators on playing kit, the PalmerBet logo will be replaced by that of the iconic Newcastle and Northern NSW institution and Knights community partner in Saturday’s game at Go Media Stadium.
It’s the second time this year PalmerBet has chosen to shine a light on the Children’s Hospital, having raised much-needed funds for the hospital through the auctioning of the match worn jerseys from the Knights round one clash with the Warriors in Wellington.
"It was an easy decision for PalmerBet to nominate John Hunter Children's Hospital as our replacement on the Knights jersey for this week's game in NZ,” PalmerBet CEO Grant Palmer said.
“Not only does JHCH do so much for Newcastle and the Hunter Region, but also a large portion of the PalmerBet team have young families and recognise the great work doctors, nurses and all the staff do at children's hospitals everywhere
“We all have great respect for these institutions.
“I do have a request for all the Knights boys however and that is to go over to New Zealand and get the job done so we can be part of the preliminary final against Brisbane next week"
nib Newcastle Knights CEO Mr Philip Gardner said PalmerBet’s gesture is a reflection of the esteem in which the John Hunter Children’s Hospital is held by the region, the Knights and by the Club’s partners.
“This is a perfect example of what quality people Grant and the team at PalmerBet are,” Mr Gardner said.
“Sporting sponsorships are largely about eyeballs and the value that the John Hunter Children’s Hospital will get – and PalmerBet won’t get – from being in such a big finals series game is enormous.
“When it became apparent that a second game in New Zealand this year was a possibility, the team at PalmerBet had no hesitation nominating the John Hunter Children’s Hospital to take their place once again on the top back of the jersey.
“It’s a really very unique occurrence and I commend Grant and everyone at PalmerBet for making this happen.
“I’d also like to thank Warren Carney and his team at Classic Sportswear for making sure the John Hunter Children’s Hospital logo will take pride of place on our jersey for the game ahead.”