On Valentine’s Day 2018, the new Ronald McDonald House Westmead was officially opened.
The new House has state-of-the-art facilities including multiple room types, a custom designed fully accessible bathroom, numerous retreat areas, a learning centre, health and fitness centre, six individual family kitchens and a dedicated volunteer’s kitchen.
And the numbers speak for themselves! During 2018, the impact of Ronald McDonald House Westmead made an incredible difference to the lives of many families with sick or injured children:
- 1584 times families stayed at the House
- 20,000+ Meals from the Heart served
- 730 children visiting the learning centre
- 16,374 nights slept under our roof
And these are just the statistics. The stories within the walls of Ronald McDonald House Westmead are even more compelling. Families that have a safe and welcoming place to stay while their seriously ill children are undergoing treatment. Children that can continue their education despite being absent from school. The relief of having meals prepared for parents rather than having another responsibility to contend with after a harrowing day. Unexpected comfort and new friendships formed with other parents and families in similar circumstances.
The realisation of this new House has only been made possible due to the dedication from our Board, staff and volunteers and amazing ongoing support from the government, corporates and community.