While we were setting up
OurRebekah to support Ronald McDonald House
Charities in Britain we were speaking with people in
two different projects who both said...........
Oh yes, I know Ronald
Both had relatives who had the
loving arms of this organisation placed around them.
One had family members in New Zealand and one in
As OurRebekah developed we linked
support to three houses in the USA.
If you look at the website banner
which appears at the top of every OurRebekah website
page we list the ways we would like to help the work
Ronald McDonald Houses do. The very first thing
says: RAISING AWARENESS OF THE CHARITY'S WORK.
While we have met people whose
families have been touched by Ronald McDonald House
Kindness there are some who, until we spoke to them,
were not aware of what is happening - happing every
hour of every day and every day of the year.
Ronald McDonald Houses NEVER close. With 366 houses
right round the world the sun never sets on Ronald
This feature of OurRebekah seeks
to raise awareness of the charity's INTERNATIONAL
profile. Each week we will feature a Ronald McDonald
House in a different part of the world.
So let's look now at:
There are THREE Ronald McDonald
Houses in New Zealand: Auckland, Wellington and
Families come to Ronald McDonald House in
Christchurch from across New Zealand. The Houses
provide a home away from home, offering families a
safe haven to retreat to, after a long day on the
ward. From stocked kitchens to cosy lounges,
everyone appreciate how important it is for families
to escape the clinical world of medicine, and take
comfort from the familiarity and routine within a
This house is based a few minutes walk from
Christchurch Hospital. Staff are there to assist
families throughout their stay, they’ll help
families to find your way around, explain how the
House works and put all in touch with the
appropriate support networks if and when needed.
Within Ronald McDonald House in Wellington there is
a whole host of amenities including:
- Fully equipped Family Kitchen
- Onsite laundry
- Four lounges
- Games room
- Children’s art room
- Computer and internet room
- Expressing room for neo natal mums
- Media room
- Outdoor playground
- Private out door area for relaxing, dining and
In the Auckland house there are:
Three kitchens stocked with necessities
Onsite laundry for families which is open from
An on-site school for children in years 1-8
Business Centre for parents
Computer and internet access
Children outdoor play areas
A range of programmes for our families to enjoy
including; art classes, dinner and children’s yoga
Within Ronald McDonald Houses the world over the
facilities will vary slightly but then work is the
same and what is the same in every single room of
every single house is the LOVE.
Love like this:
Bay of Plenty
mum Victoria Foreman always knew she would
need to give birth to baby Nixon in
Auckland. She’d been told Nixon would need
to receive specialist treatment for his
heart at the National Children’s Hospital.
However, it all happened much earlier than
expected when Victoria developed severe
preeclampsia and was flown to Auckland
Hospital on an emergency flight.
everything happening so suddenly, Victoria
and her family didn’t have any plans in
place. She didn’t know how long she would be
away from her home in Papamoa or how her
husband Andrew and children Khloe and Blake
would cope without Mum around.When Nixon was
born a few days later, Victoria was relieved
to hear her family could stay at Ronald
McDonald House while he was in hospital.
During the weekends, school holidays and
whenever they had time to visit, Andrew,
Khloe, Blake – and sometimes even the
grandparents – would stay at the House.
don’t know where we’d be without this place.
I know everyone says that, but that’s
because it’s true,” says Victoria. “You have
no idea how amazing it is until you’re
four week stay turned into four months as
Nixon’s condition was worse than
place in Auckland that felt like a home was
incredibly comforting for Victoria and meant
she could give her full attention to Nixon
and his treatment. “It had everything…even
little things like umbrellas waiting at the
front door when it’s raining,” she says.
meals prepared by volunteers also made life
easier. Victoria is especially grateful to
the staff who saved her dinner when she came
back from the ward late at night. “After
spending the whole day at the hospital, the
last thing I wanted to do was come home and
cook,” she says.
whole family was at the House, these meals
also allowed them to spend quality time
together and helped to restore some
normality to their lives.
loved how well the House catered for
children. She never had to worry about
keeping Khloe and Blake – who made plenty of
new friends in the House – entertained.
found new friendships with other mums at the
House in similar situations. “Often you can
feel like you’re the only one going through
hard times, but meeting the other families
makes you realise you are definitely not
family is now back home in Papamoa and
continue to stay at the House when Nixon
needs treatment in Auckland. Victoria and
Andrew are so grateful for the support of
Ronald McDonald House when they need it.
They are now planning to host a dinner night
at the House to support other families.
OurRebekah is all about having fun, doing some
amazing, crazy and often silly things. It is all
about smiling and helping others to smile. As we do
this we will support Ronald McDonald House
Charities as it
puts a loving arm around families with sick children in hospital,
people who are going through some very hard times.
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