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  1. Milestone Moment in Construction

    The Building Love campaign has celebrated a milestone moment with a 'Topping Out' ceremony on 30 May, 2017. Traditionally, Topping Out marks the laying of the final structural beam or the last roof piece in a building project by placing a living tree on top of the highest point of the structure. For our own Topping Out event, the builders working on the new Ronald McDonald House Westmead site, FDC Construction, were joined by our Ambassador Mark Ferguson and our good friends at 7 News Sydney as we placed a living Jacaranda o...

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  2. Two years of Building Love

    Valentine’s Day 2017 marks the second anniversary of the Building Love Campaign, with the new, expanded Ronald McDonald House Westmead now only $2 million away from its completion target, and construction well underway. Beginning with a vacant parcel of land in February 2015, the Building Love campaign has grown through the generous support of the Federal Coalition Government, the NSW Government, Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia, McDonald’s Australia and it’s Licensees, Channel Seven and dedicated corporate and comm...

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  3. FDC Construction steps into the kitchen

    The builders working on our new Ronald McDonald House site, FDC Construction, swapped their hi-vis vests for aprons during the holiday season to cook a Meals from the Heart dinner.  The staff from FDC downed tools at the end of the day and headed to the kitchen to prepare a feast and cook up a storm on the barbecue for the families staying at the House in the lead up to Christmas. The Meals from the Heart program invites corporate and community groups to prepare a meal for families who are supporting their sick children and ...

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  4. Cook's Plumbing Joins Building Love Campaign

    Ronald McDonald House Westmead is delighted to announce Cook’s Plumbing Group has joined the Building Love family.  Cook’s Plumbing has generously donated plumbing services for the entire house, plus an additional $7,200 donation from an auction prize.  We would like to say an enormous thanks to the Cook’s Plumbing team for joining the Building Love project, every donation helps towards our $33 million target needed to get our new house completed! Mick Dover, Managing Director of Cook’s Plumbing says he’s thrilled to jump on...

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  5. Coalition delivers $6 million funding to the Building Love Campaign

    The expansion of Ronald McDonald House at Westmead will become a reality after $6 million in funding was awarded under Round 3 of the Federal Coalition Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund. Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the local projects funded under NSRF Round 3 made a huge difference in their communities. “I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and quality local infrastructure is a big part of that,” Minister Nash said....

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  6. Old House vs. New House Statistics

    Now that building is underway on our new ‘home away from home’, we thought we would take this opportunity to give you a snapshot of how much of a difference our new house will make. Not only will we be able to accommodate more than double our current capacity each and every night, the new house will include some brand new features such as a function room, gym, fully equipped volunteer kitchen and Learning Program centre. Last year we unfortunately had to turn away over 400 families. This new house means we will be able to p...

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  7. Gunlake Concrete proud to play a part

    Ronald McDonald House Westmead is thrilled to announce Gunlake Concrete has joined the Building Love family. Gunlake have come on board as a concrete partner and will help build the foundation of our new ‘home away from home’. They have also made a generous donation directly to the house project which will go towards our $33 million target needed to build our new house. We would like to say a big THANK YOU to the team at Gunlake for their support. Every bit counts when it comes to Building Love and we appreciate their suppor...

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  8. Construction Begins

    The land has been cleared and the builders have now moved on site, ready to start building our new 'home away from home' to ensure that over 400 families that we turned away last year have a safe and comfortable place to stay while their seriously ill child is being treated at The Children's Hospital Westmead. Mike Thomas, Ronald McDonald House Westmead Executive Officer, said research has shown that there are better outcomes for our seriously ill young patients and their families when they are together and the new House wil...

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  9. ActronAir help Build the Love

    Ronald McDonald House Westmead are proud to announce the team at ActronAir have come on board in supporting our Building Love campaign helping us get one step closer to building our new ‘home away from home’ for our families. Managing Director, Norman Windell and  Head of Sales and Marketing, Jamie Mair visited our site last week to see exactly where our new 60 room ‘home’ will be built. “ActronAir are very proud to support such a worthy cause. With ActronAir being an Australian family owned and operated business, families a...

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  10. Official Turning of the Soil for a new 'Home away from Home'

    The Honorable Jillian Skinner, NSW Minister for Health & Minister for Medical Research joined families and friends of Ronald McDonald House Westmead to ‘officially’ turn the soil and start building a new ‘home away from home’ for families of seriously ill children.   The Building Love campaign is raising funds to build a brand new Ronald McDonald House at Westmead to help meet the demand of families in need of a place to stay whilst their ill child seeks treatment at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. To open the House by ...

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  11. Sydney Telethon 2015

    Ronald McDonald House Westmead was proud to work in partnership with Channel Seven Sydney for our Sydney Telethon on May 16th 2015. The Telethon on Seven was a public campaign seeking support from all people in NSW to raise funds to allow construction of a new Ronald McDonald House Westmead, as part of our Building Love Campaign. With Australia's help and generous contributions we were able to raise over $10.5 million - enough to start construction! See our photo gallery from the event!

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  12. Building Love with the Western Sydney Wanderers

    Ronald McDonald House Westmead Ambassador Brendon Santalab from the Western Sydney Wanderers came to visit Sam Carroll at the house before the big game on Friday 13th March - he spoke about the special bond he has with Sam as well as what it means to be involved with the house. To highlight the Charity partnership with the Wanderers, we had a number of children involved with the house walk out onto the field as player mascots and Sam was lucky enough to walk out with his idol Brendon and present the match ball to the officia...

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  13. Building Love Campaign Launches

    New South Wales Premier Mike Baird joined families and friends of Ronald McDonald House Westmead on Valentine’s Day to celebrate the launch of the Ronald McDonald House Westmead ‘Building Love’ fundraising campaign.   The Building Love campaign aims to raise funds to build a brand new Ronald McDonald House at Westmead to help meet the demand of families in need of a place to stay whilst their ill child seeks treatment at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. To open the House by December 2016, the House needs to raise $30 mil...

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  14. A Message from the Campaign Chairman

    I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the wonderful work and significant initiative of Ronald McDonald House Westmead. At the Westmead House they cater for children and families from across NSW, plus a number of national and international families who seek the specialist medical treatment available at the Children's Hospital at Westmead. With servicing 513 family visits in 2013 RMH Westmead was only able to accommodate just over one out of every two familieis who asked for our help. There is an obvious an...

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  15. Benefits for Families

    Families are stronger when they are together, helping in the healing process. By staying at RMH Westmead, parents and carers can better communicate with their child's medical team and keep up with complicated treatment plans when needed. Located adjacent to the Redbank Road entrance of The Children's Hospital at Westmead, the House provides close and easy access to specialist facilities within the Hospital and a caring, homely haven for time out at the end of the day.  RMH Westmead is helping to provide services at no cost, ...

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  16. Ronald McDonald House Charities

    Ronald McDonald House® Charities (RMHC) has been helping to ease the enormous pressure on families with serious illness both emotionally and financially since 1974. RMHC now operates more than 339 Houses and 186 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms globally.  In 1981, the Charity opened its first Ronald McDonald House® outside of the North American continent in Australia, at Camperdown in Sydney. The House then relocated with The Children's Hospital to Westmead in 1995. Due to its heritage, Ronald McDonald House® Westmead holds a sp...

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  17. ARC Supports Building Love

    The Building Love campaigned received a boost in June thanks to a $20,000 donation from ARC. The concrete reinforcement specialists work closely with Clarendon Homes, a longtime supporter of both Ronald McDonald House Westmead and the Building Love campaign. ARC’s generosity brings us one step closer to the Building Love fundraising goal, and the completion of the new, expanded Ronald McDonald House Westmead, which will accommodate more than 1,300 families each year. "Given our close relationship of 15 years with Clarendon H...

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  18. Building Love supporters tour the House

    Contributors to the Building Love campaign have had a first look at a sample family unit on site at the new Ronald McDonald House Westmead this June. Gathering at the new Ronald McDonald House Westmead construction site on 13 June, 2017, more than 70 representatives from businesses across Sydney joined FDC Construction & Fit-Out to take a tour and view the progress to date. Included was a “display” unit on level one, giving an insight into just how one of the 15 self-contained family units will look once construction is comp...

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