Werribee and Footscray will again do battle for the HealthWest Cup when they face off at Avalon Airport Oval on Sunday.
Now in its fourth year, the cup is a joint initiative between the two clubs, Western Health, and Mercy Health and has been created to raise awareness of the vital medical services being delivered across Melbourne’s west.
The Werribee and Footscray communities in particular are key beneficiaries of the work of the latter two organisations.
Mercy Health’s facilities include the Werribee Mercy Hospital – currently expanding to a 298-bed facility as part of a a $93 million redevelopment scheduled for completion this year – and Footscray’s Ursula Frayne Centre and Saltwater mental health clinic, while Western Health’s administrative umbrella covers the 290-bed Footscray Hospital.
Werribee Football Club CEO Mark Penaluna said the partnership between the two clubs and the two health service providers was a perfect fit.
“Both clubs pride themselves on being representatives of their local areas, so it is fantastic that we have the opportunity to come together and promote the work of two organisations who are so central to both communities,” Mr Penaluna said.
“Encouraging healthy habits and lifestyle choices is an important part of what we do through our work in schools, so we see the opportunity to work with local health organisations as a natural extension of that.”
In addition to its involvement in the HealthWest Cup, Werribee last year raised $10,000 through its players, staff, and supporters for the Werribee Mercy Hospital Critical Care Unit, a crucial component of the Werribee Mercy redevelopment.
Sunday's match kicks off at 2pm.
IMAGE: Werribee captain MIchael Sodomaco and Footsrcay captain Angus Monfries with Mercy Health's Maria Malic.