Originally from Western Australia, Daniel Rich made the move to Queensland to pull on the Brisbane Lions Number 10 Guernsey. To the roaring delight of local fans, he was picked with the club’s first selection in the National Draft in 2008.
The move across the country proved to be a big success and Daniel had an outstanding first season winning the much-prized Rising Star Award. His commitment and hard work continued to pay off and he went on to win the AFLPA Award for Best First Year Player and the Lions' Rookie of the Year Award. He is now widely regarded as one of the most competitive midfielders in the league.
Daniel's sporting spirit shines off the field too. He regularly visits the Starlight Express Room in Brisbane where he's always keen to get involved with all the activities and play games with the kids, and helped Captain Starlight host their first ever pyjama party in 2016!
Daniel said he's always struck by how much fun the kids are having while being stuck in hospital.
Visiting the Starlight Express Room has always been a highlight for me. To be able to spend time with the kids in such a fun-filled place away from the wards is incredible. I love getting back to the craft table and I definitely need to improve on my Mario Kart game!Daniel
For the last four years, Daniel and his Brisbane Lions team-mates have come along to the Starlight Christmas Party complete with fan gear for some festive fun. The parents really appreciate the players taking time out of their schedules to bring some extra fun to the kids in hospital at Christmas time.
Daniel says he loves his involvement with Starlight and was delighted to be welcomed on board as a Starlight Ambassador. “Getting involved with Starlight was something I wish I’d done earlier. All I’ve wanted to do is to help out in any way I can, wherever possible,” he said.
When asked what he likes most about Starlight, he says it' the people who are the real heart of the organisation. “I truly admire everyone involved in Starlight as all they care about is making the kids happy and taking them into a world away from their stresses. As a Starlight Ambassador, I feel honoured to be involved in Starlight and can't wait to be a part of the difference they are making!”
And from all of us at Starlight, a big thank you for bringing so much (roaring!) happiness to so many sick kids.
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