Welcome to

RMHC Greater Western Sydney

Giving seriously ill children the best gift of all – their families.

1 House
1 Family Room
2000 Families stay a year

RMHC Greater Western Sydney history

Welcome to Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney.  We are an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing vital programs for families with seriously ill children.

About Our Chapter

The very first Ronald McDonald House in Australia opened in Camperdown, near the Children’s Hospital in 1981. In 1995, RMHC Charities Greater Western Sydney (GWS) relocated the House to Westmead, to continue providing vital services to families after the hospital had relocated to Western Sydney. Today, our Westmead House provides a safe place to stay for around 1,360 families per year.

Through our accommodation and support services, we strive to keep families together when life gets turned upside down due to a child’s illness.

Our Houses and Programs are run by a tirelessly hard working team of staff and volunteers, aided by the generous support of our donors and corporate partners.

Contact us

Locked Bag 4001 Westmead NSW 2145

Our programs

We are an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing vital programs for families with seriously ill children. Our chapter run a range of support programs across Sydney including our House, Family Room and Learning Program. 

House

Our House provides a homely and inviting place to stay for parents, guardians, carers and their siblings while their child is undergoing treatment in the Children's Hospital at Westmead.

Family Room

Our Ronald McDonald Family Rooms are exclusively for the families of children undergoing treatment in a nearby ward. Run by our friendly volunteers, our Family Rooms are welcoming spaces where you can take time out from the clinical environment of the wards, have a tea or coffee, freshen up with a shower or find a quiet space for a much-needed nap. Our Family Rooms also have dedicated play areas so the siblings of seriously ill children can have a bit of fun.

Learning Program

The Ronald McDonald Learning Program assists school-aged children with serious illnesses and injuries to catch up on missed education following treatment and recovery. Providing a suite of educational support services, including therapy sessions and one-on-one tutorials with experienced teachers, our Ronald McDonald Learning Program is tailored to students’ individual needs. We aim to build each child’s confidence and self-esteem in preparation for their return to the classroom. All services are free to families thanks to funding from our generous RMHC supporters.

How you can help

Make a donation

Support the charity or your local house

Become a volunteer

See the openings in your area

Other ways to help

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Fundraise for us

Fundraising is all about bringing together families, friends, colleagues, schools and community groups to help transform the lives of families in need. It’s an easy, meaningful and fun way you can ensure that vital programs at Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney can continue to support families in need.

Register to make an impact today!

  • Host your own fundraiser – At school, at home or in your workplace. It can be as simple or creative as you like.
  • Challenge yourself – Get sponsored to go without your favourite things for a month
  • Join an event – Keep fit and support families in need
  • Give up your gifts – Ask friends to donate in lieu of gifts for you birthday, anniversary or wedding

For more information or to get started with your fundraiser today, please contact our Community Fundraising Coordinator on 02 9806 7111 or email supportingGWS@rmhc.org.au

Sponsor a Room

The RMHC GWS Sponsor a Room program offers tiered sponsorships (different investments for different room types), including name on the door plaques and acknowledgment on the website. Room sponsorship also offers inclusions like access to networking functions, access to book the boardroom or function areas at Ronald McDonald House Westmead, and tickets to the annual Golf Day and Race Day.

Meals From The Heart

Meals from the Heart is a group volunteering program providing families staying at Ronald McDonald House Westmead with a home cooked meal three nights a week. Families can find comfort in coming home to a healthy home-cooked meal, hearing laughter in the kitchen and enjoying a meal served by warm and friendly faces. The program caters for volunteer groups of 6-20 people, aged 18 years or over. A designated chef and Ronald McDonald House Westmead Volunteer host each group, providing guidance and assistance throughout the kitchen and House as needed. As a group, you will prepare food for approximately 200 people. You will be presented with a selection of menus to choose from. Set menus ensure a variety of meat dishes, vegetarian dishes, vegetables and fruits are made available to families each week.

The kitchen is equipped with a commercial grade convection oven, microwaves, hot plates, steamers, and dedicated wash up areas. There are also two outdoor gas BBQs on the terrace. All cooking utensils and equipment are provided by the House, including pots, pans, cooking/serving spoons, tongs, oil, as well as crockery for service. To book a Meals from the Heart experience for your group today, contact us on 02 9806 7111 or by email supportingGWS@rmhc.org.au

Working Bee

Our Working Bee program is a group volunteering program offering corporate and community groups of up to 10 people the opportunity to give a helping hand at the House. Working Bee days are available to groups one morning a week, from 9.00am – 1.00pm. The program caters for groups of up to 10 people, with all participants required to be aged 18 years or over. To book a Working Bee experience for your group today, contact us on 02 9806 7111 or email supportingGWS@rmhc.org.au

Baking a Difference

Baked a Difference is a group volunteering program run one morning per week for corporate groups of up to 10 people, providing families staying at RMH Westmead with comforting, freshly-baked snacks or treats. To book a Baked with Love experience for your group today, contact us on 02 9806 7111 or by email supportingGWS@rmhc.org.au

Become a Corporate Partner

Our charity is able to bring comfort and care to thousands of families Australia-wide, largely thanks to the generosity of like-minded businesses and individuals who provide significant financial, in-kind and volunteering support year-on-year.

We strive to create mutually beneficial partnerships with organisations who are committed to our mission of supporting the ever-changing needs of seriously ill children and their families.

Contact our Corporate Partnerships Manager, Amal Maait today on 02 9806 7111 or email amal.maait@rmhc.org.au

Our Corporate Partners

  • Room Sponsors
  • Event Partners
  • Other Partners

Workplace Giving

You can help families with seriously ill children while you work by joining the Ronald McDonald House Workplace Giving Program.

Workplace Giving Donations are deducted from payroll, before tax. This way, you receive an instant tax refund without having to wait until making your annual tax return claim.

Why not reach out to your colleagues to participate as a team in helping keep the families of seriously ill children together?

If your company agrees to match staff donations, then there’s an amazing double benefit for these families. 

The amount you wish to give – either as a one-off donation or a recurring contribution - is up to you.

Upcoming Events

Get involved in our upcoming events to help seriously ill children and their families.

Events