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At tonight’s Big Bash cricket match, there’ll be a spot of yellow and pink amongst the turquoise and green of the Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars supporters.
Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) staff will don the alternative colours in memory of Physiotherapist Emma Pettet who passed away unexpectedly last year at just 34 years of age.
A/Director of Physiotherapy Peter Tonks said the yellow was to raise funds for the PA Research Foundation (PARF), while the pink was in memory of Empet’s (as Emma was known to friends, family and colleagues) sporting spirit.
“Empet loved her sport and in particular cricket. She played in the Northern Suburbs District Cricket Club Premiership team while at uni and was famous for her pink terry toweling hat,” he said.
“We’re raising money for PARF because Empet was the initiator of several PAH Physio Department fundraising activities, and she was also dedicated to providing the best care to patients. PARF is able to support both of these ambitions in Empet’s memory.”
Mr Tonks said the ‘Raise the Bat for Empet’ event was a way for the PAH community and Empet’s friends and family to come together and remember the profound impact she had on so many lives.
“Emma was amazing. She was kind, caring and selfless, and motivated everyone around her to do more and get in and help where needed,” he said.
“She championed so many different initiatives in the physiotherapy team, and was always the first person to ask if someone needed help.
“She was a real team player and she will be greatly missed.”
Donations can be made at: https://www.teamparf.org.au/users/physio-department