Broncos light up patients’ smiles

Owen Harms with Aaron Whitchurch and Kodi Nikorima at the Bundaberg Hospital. Photo Contributed
Owen Harms with Aaron Whitchurch and Kodi Nikorima at the Bundaberg Hospital. Photo Contributed Contributed

YOU could not wipe the massive smile off Bundaberg Hospital patient Owen Harms' face today after he received a surprise visit from Broncos players Kodi Nikorima and Aaron Whitchurch.

Mr Harms, who has been resting in his hospital bed following serious surgery for bowel cancer, met the Broncos stars as part of their tour of the hospital

"I was totally thrilled to receive a visit from the boys and the team ahead of their big game coming up this weekend," he said.

"I am a massive Broncos supporter."

Warren Cobbo,who was in the Renal Unit receiving dialysis for kidney disease, was one of the many other patients who got to chat with the players.

"I am at the hospital and sitting in this chair for five hours a time every Monday, Wednesday and Friday," he said.

"To have the Broncos here is just great. I love them because they are Queensland. I have been following them since they started.

"I think my missus loves them more than she loves me."

The players visited the Palliative, Acute Rehabilitation and Acute Stroke Unit and the Renal Unit during their one-hour visit.

Broncos playmaker Kodi Nikorima said visiting Bundaberg Hospital was a great opportunity to spread a bit of happiness around.

"It means a lot to give back to the community and visit the patients," he said.

"We are happy to be able to put smiles on people's faces."

Nikorima said it was his first time playing in Bundaberg and he was excited for the trial match ahead of the new season.

"Everywhere we go we have had people yelling out our names," he said.

"People out here are very passionate here, that's for sure. To play in front of them should be a good one."

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