The donations were raised through fundraising contributions by ferry passengers, staff raffles and unclaimed money left on ferries, topped up by a corporate donation from Transdev, the operator of ferries, light rail and bus services across Sydney.
It is the latest donation under Sydney Ferries 25-year partnership with the Westmead Children’s Hospital through the Bandaged Bears Day and Christmas fundraising appeals and other activities.
Dean Helm, Managing Director of Transdev Sydney Ferries, said: “Transdev, and our employees, believe in making a positive impact in the local communities we serve.
“2020 was a challenging year for many and we are very proud to have been able to continue to provide ferry services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Frontline medical workers are among the true heroes of these challenging times and we are particularly proud to be able to contribute to the vital work at Westmead Children’s Hospital.
“Through this donation we recognise and thank all the staff at the hospital for their dedication to their patients, the children’s families and the community.
“It has also been a challenging time for our own employees and I acknowledge their hard work in keeping the ferries operating, meeting our high levels of customer service, and enthusiastic support for this fundraising,” Mr Helm said.