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Cheque for $2,500 presented to Ronald McDonald House Charities Victoria & Tasmania

On the 6th November our guest speaker was Annalese Fowler the Community Partnerships Coordinator from Ronald McDonald House Charities Victoria & Tasmania.


Annalese explained that the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) are: -


Mission: To support the ever-changing needs of seriously ill children and their families.


Vision: Ronald McDonald House Charities strives to achieve the best outcomes for families by reducing the impact of their child’s serious illness.


In 2017 the RMHC Monash, RMHC Hobart, RMHC Parkville merged to form the Vic & Tas Chapter, Incorporating the 4 family rooms and Learning Program.


The Monash House was established in 1993, it is a purpose-built facility and contains 15 bedrooms, including 2 self-contained units. It has had over 9,500 guests since opening.


Criteria to stay at a Ronald Mcdonald House are as follows: -


  • As long as the patient is receiving treatment at a Children’s Hospital, the family is welcome to stay at Ronald McDonald House.
  • Referrals come from the hospital or directly from the family.
  • Minimal financial cost to families to stay. Most families receive State government funding for their accommodation.


There are currently 4 Family Rooms in Victoria: -


  • They provide a comfortable place for families visiting a sick child to relax.
  • The rooms offer kitchen, laundry, lounge & dining room, sleep/quiet room, play area.
  • Gives parents/guardians the chance to regroup off the ward.


Family Retreat Facts: -


  • Holiday accommodation for families of seriously ill children.
  • Five Family Retreats around the country.
  • Whether a cottage, beach or country retreat each is kitted out with everything a family needs to relax, reconnect and heal.


Learning Program Facts: -


  • Catch up education for children recovering from serious illness.
  • Missed education is the biggest hurdle for children to overcome following an illness.
  • The leading Australian program providing;
  • Comprehensive assessment.
  • Individually-catered tutoring program for each child.


After Annalese’s presentation she was presented with a cheque of $2,500 by Cess Hodges and President David Park.

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