Jim “Frosty” Miller medallist Brodie McLaughlin has been recognised for his tremendous work off the field by being named a finalist in the Tom Hafey Variety Heart of Football Award.
Working with the children at the Gold Coast University Hospital through the organisation Radio Lollipop has earnt McLaughlin the honour of being listed as a finalist for the prestigious award alongside Travis Boak (Port Adelaide), Darcy Vescio (Carlton) and Kate Darby (Geelong).
Since arriving at the SUNS McLaughlin has demonstrated a selfless nature and a strong desire to give back to the community which subsequently saw him named the Jarrod Harbrow Community Award winner at the GC SUNS 2023 Club Champion evening.
Radio Lollipop is a volunteer organisation focussed on bringing joy and comfort to children in hospitals, and McLaughlin has been a weekly volunteer during the 2023 season.
“One of Brodie's most remarkable qualities is his exceptional rapport with the children,” A Radio Lollipop spokesperson said.
“He is incredibly personable and treats each child with the utmost respect and kindness.
“His ability to connect with each child on a personal level and engage in their favourite games and activities makes a world of difference to their hospital experience.”
McLaughlin is one of four finalists for the Tom Hafey Variety Heart of Football Award and a $1500 donation will be made to the charity of the winner’s choice.
Radio Lollipop would use these funds to purchase further art and craft supplies for the children in need whilst also buying more prizes for the teenagers to promote participation as donated gifts are predominately for the younger children.
Past recipients of the Tom Hafey Variety Heart of Football Award include 2022 winner Emma Kearney, as well as Scott Selwood, Robert Harvey, and Eddie Betts, who were each recognised for their outstanding contributions to improving the lives of children and young people.
The award will be presented on Wednesday September 27 at the annual Variety Toyota AFL Grand Final lunch.