In 2018 Ronald McDonald House North Fitzroy officially opened its doors.
Located at the heritage-listed Casa Elda Vaccari building, the House offers 25 rooms and state-of-the-art facilities, providing families access to multiple room types, a communal kitchen, lounge and dining areas, children’s play area and bean bag cinema, family barbecue, outdoor spaces and a learning centre.
While all of our Houses have something special about them, the North Fitzroy House has a rich history and the iconic building has been long used for philanthropic purposes.
This was the site of the historic North Fitzroy Electric Railway Substation constructed in 1915. In 1989, it was bought by the Gualtiero Vaccari Foundation who extensively renovated the building and until 2015 donated its use to provide aged care for the Italian community.
The Foundation has now offered a 25-year lease for Casa Elda Vaccari to RMHC VIC & TAS for $1 per year.
The transformed facility has taken the capacity of Ronald McDonald House Charities to 102 rooms across Victoria and Tasmania. It accommodates families of paediatric patients receiving treatment in all Melbourne hospitals and has helped reduce the waiting lists of the Monash and Parkville Houses to ensure every eligible family will have somewhere to stay while caring for their seriously ill child.
RMHC VIC & TAS is extremely grateful to the Gualtiero Vaccari Foundation for this opportunity to open a new House and for their enormous contribution.
1.2 million sets of eyes on us
Even prior to its big opening, Ronald McDonald House North Fitzroy was gaining lots of attention when it got the Hollywood treatment from The Block contestants.
As part of The McCafé Block sponsorship, The Block’s 1.2 million nightly viewers tuned in to an entire episode dedicated to a makeover challenge featuring the new House.
We are so grateful to Khylie and her family - who have stayed 193 nights at the Parkville House while daughter Azri received treatment for a cardiac condition - for sharing their story on The Block.
Best of all, the experience resulted in rooms that will help improve the stay of families with seriously ill children, making it that little bit more comfortable, relaxing, family-friendly and even a little bit luxurious.
The Block’s 1.2 million nightly viewers tuned in to an entire episode dedicated to a makeover challenge featuring the new House.