Thursday, May 26th, 2022 - Healthcare Heartbeat

26 May 2022: Not for profit organisation Healthcare Heartbeat has been chosen by AFL’s Brisbane Lions FC as the beneficiary for an upcoming 50-50 Charity Raffle. Funds raised during the home game taking place on Saturday 11 June at The Gabba in Brisbane will go towards improving the mental health of healthcare and emergency services workers through Healthcare Heartbeat.  

Healthcare Heartbeat brings together a range of essential services tailored for healthcare professionals and first responders under one united banner. This includes mental fitness training, self-development and career courses, access to crisis lines, retreats, overseas volunteering placements, and meal delivery services.

Each year the Brisbane Lions provides support to a number of charity partners with the 50-50 Charity Raffle, to further gain awareness and fundraising for charities to continue the vital work they undertake within communities. Half the prize pool raised at each fundraising raffle goes to one lucky ticket holder who is drawn at random during the game. The remaining 50 percent goes support great causes, and for this game Healthcare Heartbeat will share in the proceeds.

Healthcare Heartbeat is seeking volunteers to experience the ‘behind the scenes’ action of game day while selling Brisbane Lions 50-50 Charity Raffle tickets to the fans during their upcoming home game against St Kilda at the Gabba on Saturday 11 June.

Humanitarian nurse Helen Zavos will volunteer for the Healthcare Heartbeat fundraiser at The Gabba.Registered Nurse Helen Zahos will be one of the participants volunteering at the Gabba on 11 June. Helen is a Humanitarian, Emergency Nurse and Paramedic who has volunteered in disaster areas around the world and has cared for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. She has now commenced her studies exploring the increased rate of burn-out and mental health issues that frontline workers face as a result of their profession.

“Healthcare and Emergency Services workers time and time again put the community's needs in front of their own, and we all know this is taking its toll," Helen says. "Our workers are feeling exhausted, burnt out, and in need of a break. Nurses are resigning from workplace stress and pressure, and those who haven't are beyond exhausted. No one should be pushed to the point of quitting their job due to stress, nor should they be expected to be pushed to their limit each day to the point of almost irreparable exhaustion.

“Through supporting vital initiatives such as Healthcare Heartbeat, we can improve some of the many challenges that our workers are currently facing. This is extremely valid for the younger generation of nurses and first responders who are just commencing their careers. We need to ensure they are equipped with the right tools to manage stress and anxiety, so that they don’t experience burn out or PTSD early on in their careers.”

Gabriella Ocenasek, Director of Healthcare Heartbeat and World Youth International, thanked Brisbane Lions for their support and commitment.

“Healthcare Heartbeat creates opportunities for our hard working and valued healthcare and emergency services workers to access additional support while being acknowledged for their continuous efforts through challenging times," Gabbi says. "Many have dedicated their lives to the well-being and safety of their communities, often at the expense of their own health and the health of their families. We are so grateful that the Brisbane Lions selected Healthcare Heartbeat for their 50:50 Charity Raffle beneficiary and share our aim in making a positive impact to a workforce at breaking point.”

Can you help improve the mental health of our healthcare heroes by joining Helen and the team of volunteers at the Gabba on Saturday 11 June?


Saturday 11 June.

  • Volunteers are required to arrive at 5pm for a briefing, and sell raffle tickets from 6.00pm kick-off through to the end of the half time break.  
  • Volunteers can then watch the big game with complimentary match ticket (allocated volunteer area)
  • Ticket sellers must be 18 and over.
  • On-site training and support to sell raffle tickets by iPad & contactless payment device (no cash) will be provided.
  • Work in pairs or individually 

Email gabriella.ocenase[email protected] for more information and to register as a volunteer for Saturday 11 June. 

Online sales will open on Monday 6 June via

About Healthcare Heartbeat

Healthcare Heartbeat operates as a subsidiary of the ACNC registered charity, World Youth International. Working with Australian healthcare professionals since 2005 has given Healthcare Heartbeat insight into the sector and the challenges that these workers face daily, and the wider impact it is having on the surrounding communities. There are much higher levels of anxiety, workplace stress, burnout, and communication breakdowns amongst emergency services workers, nurses and healthcare professionals than ever before. This is having a significant flow on effect to their families, home life and their mental wellbeing. Healthcare Heartbeat brings together a range of essential services to improve the mental health of healthcare workers and first responders. This includes training and coaching programs, career development, retreats, overseas nursing placements, and meal delivery services. This approach aims to better equip them to handle the challenges that arise on a daily basis and improve their mental health in doing so.  

About World Youth International

World Youth International is a registered charity, established in 1988, which has facilitated meaningful volunteer opportunities for more than 3,800 Australians, and provided access to basic services such as healthcare and education for more than 40,000 people across the globe. At the heart of all our work is a commitment to community-led, sustainable development projects, and a belief in the power of volunteers to create real impact. Our vision is to educate, empower and inspire positive change within the global community through the legacy of our founder, the late Robert Hoey.

World Youth International is committed to:

  • Creating innovative and exciting opportunities for people to live life passionately and contribute to the global community;
  • Enhancing quality of life, strengthening communities and reducing poverty through sustainable development projects.

World Youth International is approved as an Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Recipient by the Australian Taxation Department and the Department of Foreign Affairs.


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Footy fans at The Gabba on June 11 will get the chance to cheer on our first responders and healthcare workers, when Brisbane Lions 50:50 raffle puts its support behind Healthcare Heartbeat.



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