With the opening of the new 60-room Ronald McDonald House Westmead just around the corner, we reflect on the incredible support that the construction of our home has received from the Ronald McDonald House Westmead community.
“The realisation of this new House has only been made possible due to the dedication from our board, staff and volunteers and amazing ongoing support from the government, corporates and community,” says Belinda Woolford, Executive Officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney.
“Over the past three years since the Building Love Campaign launched, the support from government and individuals has been incredible, combined with in-kind donations from businesses valued at approximately $5 million.”
“Without the help of the Volunteers who have kept the current House running smoothly, and the army of additional hands who have given their time over the last two months to set up and prepare the new House for families to move in at the end of February, this simply wouldn’t be possible. In fact, more than 400 corporate volunteers put their hands up to spend time in the new House making sure that it’s ready to be a home away from home in just a few weeks’ time.”
The current Ronald McDonald House Westmead provides 18 rooms and 5 units to families with seriously ill children. In 2017 however, sadly more than 400 families were turned away with the house at capacity.
The new House now offers more than double the capacity, with 60 rooms designed to cater for families of all sizes. Turning away families is a thing of the past.
Located within distance from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, the new House offersmore than double the capacity of the current House. New facilities include multiple room types, a custom designed fully accessible bathroom, numerous retreat areas, a Learning Centre, health and fitness centre, six individual family kitchens and a dedicated Volunteer’s kitchen.
“We’re thrilled to now be able to accommodate and support more families than ever before, with 1,360 families expected to walk through our doors in the year ahead,” Belinda added.
Families with a seriously ill child receiving treatment at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, living 100km or more away from Westmead, can book by calling the House on 02 9845 0600 or emailing [email protected]
The new Ronald McDonald House Westmead will be open to the public on Saturday 17 February from 12pm-3pm for a Community Open Day.
Entry on the day is by gold coin donation, but registration is essential. For more information and to register, please click here.