About Us

CANBERRA CHAPTER

ABOUT US

The Ronald McDonald House Canberra & South East NSW Chapter operates the following programs

OUR HISTORY

The Canberra Chapter opened our local house in October 2012, followed by our Family Room in December 2013. In that time we have welcomed over 1,400 families into our House.

OUR BOARD

Ben Stockbridge - Chairperson 

Brad Carroll - Vice Chair

Hani Sidaros - Treasurer

Tim Darcy - Community Sector Representative

Tim McDonald - Health Representative

Jenet Connell - Community Sector Representative

Robert Starke - Community Sector Representative

Margaret McLeod - Health Representative

Penny Davy-Whyte - Community Representative

OUR STAFF

OUR CHAPTER FUNDRAISING

HOW CAN YOU HELP/OUR PROGRAMS

There are many ways for businesses, community groups, corporates or individuals to become involved with Ronald McDonald House Canberra. Whether through an in-kind donation, a financial contribution or volunteering, we look forward to discussing these with you. 

ADOPT A ROOM

The families that stay Ronald McDonald House Canberra can benefit from your continued support by asking you to choose a date that has special meaning or significance to you and to ‘adopt a room’. A contribution of $132 will cover the costs for a family staying at the house on your chosen night. Our House gives families a place to stay so they are close to their child at all times.  This means more time for hugs, kisses and lots of love.

For more information on this program please contact us on (02) 62815894 or email reception.canberra@rmhc.org.au

MEALS FROM THE HEART

This is your opportunity as a business or community group to come and prepare a meal for the families staying in our house. This program runs on Tuesday and Friday evenings. As a group you choose a menu (themed nights are always fun!), shop for the food, come into the house and prepare the meal, sit, talk and enjoy the fruits of your labour with our families and then clean up afterwards. It gives our families a chance to have a night off cooking and spend it with other families and volunteers. 

If you are interested in participating in this program, please complete the Meals from the Heart request form below and forward to us.

ROOM SPONSORSHIP

Your business or community group can sponsor a room to help with maintenance and upkeep. Your company logo will be displayed on the room entrance door. 

For more information regarding room sponsorships, please contact our Executive Officer - Michelle McCormack michelle.mccormack@rmhc.org.au

WORKPLACE GIVING - PAYROLL DEDUCTION

Workplace Giving enables your employees the opportunity to make a pre-tax donation direct from their regular pay. Some corporations choose to match ‘dollar for dollar’ contributions made by employees. A small donation from many has a very big collective impact. A $5 donation per fortnight is just over the cost of one coffee, but as a workplace giving donation, this amount can help accommodate a family with a seriously ill child at Ronald McDonald House Canberra. Because your donations are processed through your pay you receive an immediate, guaranteed tax deduction - you do not have to collect, keep and claim receipts. Contributions are pre-tax and tax free!  For tax advice, it is recommended you contact your Accountant or Tax Advisor. 

To become a donor through workplace giving, please contact michelle.mccormack@rmhc.org.au

CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING

By volunteering at Ronald McDonald House Canberra, your staff will be joining more than 1,200 active volunteers at Houses across Australia who make it possible for us to provide a home away from home for families 365 days a year. You will be given various tasks to complete on the day these may include working bees, meal preparation and interaction with families. Staff engagement opportunities make it possible for colleagues to work as a team and to directly connect with the work of Ronald McDonald House. This creates morale, and a more meaningful connection between your organisation and Ronald McDonald House Canberra.

To get some more information on corporate volunteering, please email volunteers.canberra@rmhc.org.au

COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING

We are always grateful for community groups that like to fundaise on our behalf. The support that we receive from local communities helps us reach our annual fundraising target. If you have an event where you would like to raise money to support Ronald McDonald House Canberra and the programs we run, please contact us to discuss. 

Please contact events.canberra@rmhc.org.au if you would like to discuss this further

WISH LIST ITEMS

Ronald McDonald Canberra has put together some items that we use on a regular basis. If you are doing a drive to collect items to donate to us, please use this list as a guide as this is what our families will benefit from most. At times, there maybe large ticket items that appear, please contact us about these before purchasing. Our wish list is at the bottom of this page. 

RONALD McDONALD LEARNING PROGRAM

Our Learning Program gives children who have suffered serious or chronic illness the chance to help them catch up on their missed education and reach their true potential. This program provides one-on-one tutoring with a qualified teacher to help children catch up and assist them in reintergrating back into the school enviroment.

For more information regarding the Learning Program in Canberra, please contact Zoie Fortington on ( 02) 6281 5894 or zoief@rmhwestmead.org.au

RONALD McDONALD FAMILY RETREAT

Our Family Retreats offer a welcoming and peaceful environment, often near the beach or close to local nature settings. Families with a seriously ill child, or those greiving the loss of a child, can come together in a calm and relaxing setting, far from the hospital environment. For more information, please contact familyretreat.batemansbay@rmhc.org.au

OUR CONTACT DETAILS

Physical Address: Centenary Hospital for Women & Children

Level 2, Yamba Drive Garren ACT 2605

PO BOX 635

Mawson ACT 2607

 

Phone: 02 62815894

Fax: 02 62817093

Email: reception@rmhcanberra.com.au