“THE HOUSE THAT LOVE BUILT”
On the 24th April, 1993 the House was officially opened by Ian Ferres, Chairman of Monash Medical Centre who thanked McDonald’s, the hospital and the community for all their efforts in this joint project. Ronald McDonald House Monash became the eighth Ronald McDonald House built in Australia.
Country families with children at Monash Medical Centre no longer had the financial burden and worry of having to find somewhere to stay close to the hospital while their child was being treated.
Located on .3 hectare of land with an ongoing peppercorn rent lease agreement with Monash Medical Centre, the House is adjacent to the hospital in Kanooka Grove Clayton, enabling easy access by parents. Prior to building, the Hospital negotiated with The City of Oakleigh to move a laneway to facilitate building of the House.
The House opened catering for 10 families. Private bedrooms (some with ensuites) and communal areas including a kitchen, large dining room, lounge, TV room, laundry, children’s playroom and barbeque terrace were all features of this welcoming “home away from home”. A large car park, playground and gardens all contributed to the homely atmosphere where families could feel safe and secure.
A team of 50 volunteers was quickly established to help maintain the House 24 hours a day. Volunteers helped ease the load on families by assisting with daily chores, overnight and weekend stays, cooking, gardening, reading to children, talking with parents and organizing play activities. Assistance with administration tasks was also much appreciated. The dedicated volunteers have donated many hundreds of thousands of hours of service.
The volunteers were also eager to help wherever possible not only with day to day housekeeping, but also assisting with fundraising and cooking for families.
Since opening, the number of families staying at the House has increased annually to now in excess of 450 families per year. Many return for multiple visits and our longest stay family was nearly 3 years. Over the years, the House has reflected the high usage from families in the Gippsland region although we receive guests from across Victoria, interstate and sometimes even overseas.
With an increase in House occupancy and the continued growth of the Hospital, the need to expand Ronald McDonald House became evident. The Hospital was eager to assist, once more providing a peppercorn lease for a block of land adjacent to the House for this purpose in 2006. The House was extended to become a 15 bedroom facility including 2 self-contained units.
In 2011 long awaited plans came to fruition with the opening of a new Ronald McDonald Family Room at Monash Medical Centre. Located adjacent to the paediatric wards, the Family Room provides respite to parents, carers and families caring for a seriously ill child at the hospital. Since opening its doors the room has received more than 42,000 visits per annum. Given that the Family Room is 100% manned by volunteers, this addition to our operations significantly increased our reliance on these generous people who give their time.
With a new Monash Children’s Hospital under construction and due to open in 2017 we are planning a new Ronald McDonald Family Room to ensure that this much loved facility remains in close proximity to the children’s wards for the convenience of carers.
Since its inception the House has always received overwhelming support from the local community to help us to keep our doors open to families when they need us the most. Organisations, schools and community groups have become true Friends of the House and continually help us with their generous in kind and financial donations.
Tony Pearse – Chairman
Jamie Evans – Deputy Chairman
Erin Hempenstall – Treasurer
Sandy Hamilton – Company Secretary
Will Luders – Representative of McDonald’s Owner/Operators
Ben Westover – Representative of McDonald’s Owner/Operators
Michelle Kelly – Representative of McDonald’s Corporate Office
Dr Peter Downie – Representative of Health Providers
Sheri Waldron – Representative of Health Providers
Mark Hookey – Representative of the Community Sector
Jason Wall – Representative of the Community Sector
OUR CHAPTER FUNDRAISING
Ronald McDonald House Monash relies on the generous support of volunteers, individuals, community groups and corporate partners to keep our doors open to families when they need us the most.
Find out more about our programs.
HOUSE OF HOPE
You can show your support by becoming a House of Hope Champion today and making regular financial contributions to ensure we can continue to provide a home-away-from-home for families with seriously ill children.
House of Hope Champions donate on a monthly basis which gives our House the security to confidently plan ahead and make long-term commitments to vital support programs.
As little as $15 a month can guarantee we provide a home-away-from-home for families in need.
Ronald McDonald House Monash runs the following programs:
Engaging in a team activity such as volunteering not only benefits the House, but it drives greater employee engagement by inspiring staff, building morale and encouraging creativity. Corporate volunteering is not only a valuable way to team-build, but it is also one way to demonstrate your organisation’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.
Ronald McDonald House Monash offers numerous corporate volunteering activities, all of which directly benefit families with seriously ill children, but cater for different skills and capabilities of the corporate volunteers.
Here are some of the corporate volunteering programs we offer:
Cooking Up A Storm: Send a team of up to 8 people to prepare a healthy dinner for the families currently staying at the House. This activity can be completed during the day or in the evening when the group can stay and share the meal with the families.
Working Bees: Once a month corporate volunteers can participate in a half day working bee to assist with odd jobs and general spring cleaning of the House.
Events: Send a team along to assist with fundraising activities at events organised by the House Fundraising Team, or organise your own fundraising event such as a community BBQ or office fundraiser.
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ADOPT A ROOM
As an Adopt-A-Room supporter, you will help to contribute to the ongoing operation and maintenance of our valuable facility. The annual Adopt-A-Room contributions start from $5,000, with funds being used to maintain, repair and upgrade facilities in your designated room.
In recognition of your support, you will receive;
A Leaf on our “Tree of Life” displayed in the foyer of the House.
A personalised plaque will be affixed to the door of the room being adopted stating “This room is proudly adopted by [your organization]” and include your logo if desired.
An update with a story of a family you have assisted every six months.
An invitation to our annual Donor Recognition event.
A feature in our newsletter announcing your room adoption, and on any other communication we make in relation to the program including online and print media.
Please contact us to discuss how you can Adopt a Room today on 03 9562 6223.
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