Zodiac and SGK fight for Finn

Zodiac Group Pty Ltd

Friday, 08 December, 2017


Employees at SGK and their client, swimming pool company Zodiac Group in Australia, have come together to help long-time SGK employee Ross O’Donovan equip the family pool for his son Finn, who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) late last year.

DMD is a terminal, life-changing disease that can have a long-reaching impact on the whole family. It could potentially see Finn permanently in a wheelchair by his early teens. DMD is also known to attack the respiratory and heart muscles, but swimming can improve the condition and has proven to be beneficial in such cases. With the right treatment such as physio and hydro therapies, symptoms could be delayed.

When Zodiac heard of Finn’s condition, they decided to supply valuable equipment to Ross’s family.

SGK Australia Executive Director Drew Ridley said: “The generosity and heartfelt help for Ross and his family is tremendous. I am very proud of the groundswell of support shown by our team and everyone involved, including our valued client Zodiac.

“The team at Zodiac will always have a place in our hearts, their generosity and support has enabled us to get Finn into the pool faster to get started on his very important hydrotherapy.” He continued by saying, “I am completely overwhelmed by the support and generosity within our SGK business here at North Sydney. Not only has my peers helped out financially, I have also been granted time off to be with my son at those all-important hospital visits,” O’Donovan said.

The O'Donovan family with the team from Zodiac.

Family and friends have set up The Fight for Finn Foundation and Facebook page, aimed at providing financial relief for the O’Donovan family of five, and to help raise general awareness of this debilitating and lesser-known disease.

The first major fundraising event was the recent sellout charity ball in Sydney. SGK Australia was at the event in full force, including both Anthem and Schawk employees, as part of SGK.

The Foundation page can be found here.

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