Local businesses have had a tough few years, and giving financial support to charities is not always possible. With vital funds still needing to be raised to keep Ronald McDonald House Northern NSW functioning, they are using their 25th Anniversary year to ask businesses to open their cupboards rather than their wallets, and donate items for use as prizes at their events.
“This type of support is invaluable as all money raised at these events goes directly into the operation of our services throughout our region,” CEO, Ross Bingham, said. “It is helping local families directly, families that may be friends, relatives or neighbours.”
Items may be big or small as every item can be utilised. All donated goods are acknowledged with a receipt stating the value of the item, and the donation formally recognised during the event. On the ‘wish list’ are ‘experience’ type prizes that are hard to come by, or are not able to be bought normally.
Many businesses have contacts, clients or suppliers who can provide items or have access to activities that are a little out of the ordinary, are only available to staff, or are provided as business to business type gifts. These become much sought after and provide a great financial return.
In celebrating 25 years of operation, assisting over 18,000 families with accommodation and over 1500 local families each month with in-hospital support, it is only through community and corporate support that this assistance can continue.
If you are able to offer a prize donation or are in a position to sponsor an event in the 25th Anniversary year, please contact Ronald McDonald House Northern NSW on 4957 7783 or email [email protected] Golf Day
Ronald McDonald House Newcastle, located in a peaceful bushland setting on the grounds of the John Hunter Children's Hospital, provides a 'home away from home' to families of children receiving hospital treatment for serious and life threatening conditions - whether from disease, injury or a congenital condition. We strive to provide an atmosphere where the familiar routines of home life can continue as much as possible through stressful and difficult times.
Since opening the doors in 1991, close to 1000 families call us home each year in our 12 comfortably furnished family bedrooms and 6 self contained units. Communal areas of the House are as much about sharing journeys as they are about sharing facilities, with families, staff and volunteers providing a caring and supportive environment. We are grateful for the continued support and goodwill of the wider community that ensures the House continues to make it possible for families to stay together at a time when they need each other the most.