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Ronald McDonald House Canberra
NEWSLETTER
Issue 2
A Message from the House
Room Partnerships
Elect Printing
Natalie’s Story
Upcoming Opportunities
Meals From the Heart
Volunteering
A Volunteer’s Story – Cheryl
1st Birthday Photos
Our Family Photos
Our Partners
Ronald McDonald House I P O Box 635 I Mawson ACT 2607 I
Level 2, Centenary Hospital for Women & Children I Garran Canberra I ACT I 205
T: (02) 6281 5894 F: (02) 6281 7093 I email I http://www.rmhc.org.au/canberra-act
Dear friends and supporters of Ronald McDonald House
This is our 2nd edition of the House newsletter - we hope
one. This is where we celebrate together, acknowledging the
achievements of our businesses and community partners.
It also is a way in which we can share what happens across
highlighting the purpose of Ronald McDonald House Canberra.
It is not a nice service to provide, but families need
feel supported when they are away from their own home.
not choose to book into a Ronald McDonald House; they come
seriously ill child.
In 12 months we have provided rooms for over 255 families.
because we have our local community behind us. This has
times over whenever we come and seek your support. Our
all.
We estimate that we need to fundraise over $450,000 next
demand will grow. A huge task for a few…yet with all of us
have strength in numbers.
Our current campaign makes it so simple with two options to
Become a Room Partner or Adopt a Room and then many can
I urge you to take a minute to pause and think of the
home this year for Christmas and the many Christmas’ to
On behalf of all the families, volunteers, staff and
Board of Ronald McDonald House Canberra, we wish you a
very
Merry Christmas and
a Happy New Year!
Happy reading
The Team
Ronald McDonald House Canberra
Did you know it costs
Ronald McDonald House
Canberra $132 a night
to provide a family
somewhere to sleep and
eat, more importantly
provide a ‘home away
from home’.
$48,180 per room per
year
At Ronald McDonald House Canberra, we rely on our
corporate partners to help us help the families of
seriously ill children. Entering into a Room
Partnership will not only benefit your business, but it
will also help us to provide a warm and welcoming
environment for many families.
There are three options for Room Partnerships:
- Gold Room Partners
- Silver Room Partners
- Bronze Room Partners
As part of your Room Partnership, you receive a Key
Room Sponsorship Signage on your family bedroom so all
families and visitors will recognise the generosity of
your company. A coloured blossom with your company name
will also be placed on our Tree of Life located at
reception of the Canberra House, recognising your
contribution in a highly visible way.
For moreBecome
information
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organise atoday
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families
seriously
ill children.
Manager Narelle Casey
on 02 of
62815894
or at
[email protected]
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Elect Printing is our Gold Key Partner of Room 5 and is recognized as a major
partner of Ronald McDonald House Canberra.
Elect Printing prides itself in providing high quality printing services, great value
for money and offering practical advice.
Elect Printing is a big supporter of Ronald McDonald House Canberra: not only is
it a Gold Key Partner, the company also takes care of all the printing at Ronald
McDonald House Canberra, including for the RMHC Audi Gala Ball.
“We have been supporting Ronald McDonald House Canberra with all their
printing requirements since late 2011, even before the House opened”, Darren,
co-owner of Elect Printing, says. “We wanted to help families of seriously ill
children so this is a great opportunity to give back to the community.”
Elect Printing operates out of its Fyshwick office and has been serving the
Canberra community for over 22 years. The company’s focus is on quality and
exceeding client expectations.
Our work on behalf of children and their families depends on the commitment of
our generous donors, corporate organisations and the community at large.
Ronald McDonald House Canberra relies heavily
on printing in its day-to-day operations, as well
as for organised events. A big thank you to
Elect Printing for your ongoing support.
For more information or to participate in our Room
Partnership Program please contact Narelle Casey on
02 6281 5894 or at [email protected]
Darren and John from Elect Printing
with their wives, Donna and Helen.
NATALIE FOUND A SAFE HAVEN AT
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CANBERRA
In mid-2013, Natalie’s pregnancy was going smoothly. As a young couple
expecting their first child, it was a time of excitement for her and her partner,
Clinton.
However, one day in late July, Natalie started having pains and was rushed to
Canberra Hospital. After managing to stop an early labour, the doctors sent her
home to Harden, a small town in NSW.
The pains returned though and, this time, an early labour could not be prevented.
Natalie gave birth to Lucie 8 weeks premature. Two days later, Natalie checked in
at Ronald McDonald House Canberra while her newborn daughter gained
strength in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Despite the circumstances that brought her to the House, Natalie describes her
three week long stay as “amazing”, stating that “I absolutely loved it. It was always
clean and tidy, and it made everything so easy. I was able to walk down a few
corridors to NICU to visit Lucie whenever I wanted”.
“One of the best aspects is the supportive atmosphere”, Natalie explains. “After
talking with other families, we all realised that we shared similar stories,
experiences and fears. I forged many good friendships.”
Natalie and Clinton have praised the staff’s
efforts to make them feel at home. “Thank
you so much for providing such a wonderful
place to stay while we were going through a
difficult time. I would not have been able to
cope without your help and support.”
PAST EVENTS
25, 26 & 27
OCTOBER
Canberra Home and Leisure
Show
30 OCTOBER
Corporate Volunteering Day
Peter Blackshaw
3 NOVEMBER
Ben Donohoe Fun Run
9 NOVEMBER
McHappy Day
14 NOVEMBER
First Birthday Sponsor Function –
National Zoo & Aquarium
15 NOVEMBER
Corporate Volunteering Day
Deloitte
15 NOVEMBER
Volunteer Special Event
UPCOMING EVENTS
5 DECEMBER
Volunteer Christmas Party
30 & 31 NOVEMBER
Cockington Green Event
2 - 5 JANUARY 2014
24 NOVEMBER
Summernats 27
Canberra Cavalry Event
5 APRIL 2014
RMH Canberra Audi Gala Ball
Ad Narelle provided
CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING
We would like to invite your team into Ronald McDonald House Canberra to
help make it a home.
The up-keep of the House is extremely important . When families come to
stay with us we want to make sure they have a clean and comfortable
space. Their focus is on their child.
The Corporate Volunteering program invites a small group of employees to
come in and be apart of the day to day operations of a Ronald McDonald
House.
You will be helping with the ‘spring clean’ of the House and tackling jobs
that are not regular by our weekly volunteers.
While many hands make light work this program only has a limited
availability. The next upcoming dates to participate in our Corporate
Volunteering are:
-Wednesday 18th December 2013
-Wednesday 26th February 2014
-Wednesday 28th May 2014
-Wednesday 27th August 2014
-Wednesday 26th November 2014
If you are interested in our Corporate
Volunteering program please contact
The House Manager Marnie Murrell
on (02) 6281 5894 or at
[email protected]
Peter Blackshaw Corporate
Audi Raffle and Gala Ball
Audi Raffle and Gala Ball
Come in to Ronald McDonald House Canberra and
participate in our
MEALS FROM THE HEART
an opportunity to host and prepare a meal at our “home away
from home” for families of seriously ill children.
This is a much appreciated service to families who are
supporting their sick children and who often don’t have the
time, funds or energy to prepare a healthy, home-cooked
meal.
Meals from the Heart is a great opportunity for your work
place, business or group to contribute and make a real
difference to the families of Ronald McDonald House Canberra
Canberra.
DFK Everalls
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“We try to build a community culture and a volunteer
culture within our workforce. RMH Canberra is a perfect
vehicle for that” –
Brian, Department of Social Services
“Meals from the Heart was a way to help out other than
Demand and request from corporate Australia for volunteering
directly donating money. It gets the staff involved at
opportunities at Ronald McDonald House is extremely high. As such we
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andcorporate
they love
participating”
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limited
volunteering
opportunities
for
organisations that are also
supporting
us financially.
Karen,
LJ Hooker
For more information or to organise a Meals from the Heart night
PREVIOUS MEALS
FROM THE HEART
20 SEPTEMBER
Department of Social Services
25 SEPTEMBER
Rugby Union Club
25 OCTOBER
Department of Social Services
30 OCTOBER
Peter Blackshaw Corporate
One of our board members, Hani Sidaros
(far left) , with his McDonald’s team.
UPCOMING MEALS FROM
THE HEART
10 DECEMBER
12 NOVEMBER
Rugby Union Club
Iinet
10 DECEMBER
The Canberra Times
6 & 20 NOVEMBER
Molonglo Community Bank
22 NOVEMBER
13 & 20 DECEMBER
Department of Social Services
Department of Social Services
26 NOVEMBER
2CC Radio
27 NOVEMBER
LJ Hooker
iinet
SEEKING NEW HEARTS
Ronald McDonald House Canberra relies heavily on the generosity
of Volunteers to keep the big red doors open to the families of
seriously ill babies & children.
There are so many ways you can help us.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER TODAY
APPLICATIONS ONLINE AT:
WWW.RMHC.ORG.AU/VOLUNTEERS-3
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
CAROLINE MCINTYRE
on (02) 6281 5894 or at [email protected]
VOLUNTEERS ARE THE HEART OF OUR HOUSE
“The best part about volunteering at RMH Canberra is
seeing families smile. That was my goal in coming here
– to make someone happy. To make them feel at home
so they don’t miss theirs as much” - Belinda
CHERYL
The day-to-day functioning of Ronald McDonald House Canberra would not
be possible without the dedication and support of our 108 volunteers.
Cheryl first heard about volunteer work at Ronald McDonald House Canberra
through a friend who recommended it to her. “I decided to give it a try and
convinced one of my friends to join me”, Cheryl recalls, “We have been
coming in to lend a hand ever since.”
Cheryl has been volunteering as a cleaner once a week since February this
year. “For some people, that might sound like a boring task, but the House
acts as a home for the families staying here – it needs to be kept neat and
tidy. Plus, I love what I’m doing here and it suits me.”
For Cheryl, one of the best aspects of volunteering is that it allows her to
interact with other people. “Meeting new people - volunteers, staff or families makes the work even more enjoyable. When you can directly see the
difference you are making and how much Ronald McDonald House Canberra
benefits from a few hours of your time, it’s a great feeling.”
“I think Ronald McDonald House
Canberra is terrifically organised.
There’s a roster, everyone has a
specific task, knows how and when to
do it. Not to mention the staff are
brilliant. They’re always very
supportive and attentive. Finishing a
shift leaves me a with a great sense of
accomplishment.”
Cheryl (far right) with volunteers
Kaity, Jenny and Mavis under the
Hearts of the House.
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CANBERRA CELEBRATES
ITS FIRST BIRTHDAY!
TO CELEBRATE OUR FIRST YEAR OF OPERATION, WE
HOSTED AN IN-HOUSE PARTY FOR OUR FAMILIES,
VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF ON 16 OCTOBER.

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CANBERRA CELEBRATES ITS
FIRST BIRTHDAY!
WE ALSO HOSTED AN EVENT AT THE NATIONAL ZOO
AQUARIUM TO SAY THANK YOU TO OUR CORPORATE
PARTNERS. WITH YOUR SUPPORT AND GENEROSITY, WE
WE ARE ABLE TO HELP SERIOUSLY ILL CHILDREN AND
THEIR FAMILIES.
OUR FAMILIES
OUR FAMILY PHOTOS
Just a few of the wonderful people who have
stayed at Ronald McDonald House Canberra,
including our 200th family!
“If you can’t be at home, Ronald McDonald
best place to be.”
OUR PARTNERS
2CC
ACT Government
ACT McDonalds
Actew AGL
Actew Corporation
ACTTAB
ACT Regional Cheerleading
Audi Centre Canberra
Bakers Delight Woden
Blackett Property Group
Blue Ink Office Supplies
Body to Burn
Briolette
Brumbies Rugby
Canberra FM
Canberra Weekly
Canberra Milk
Canberra Raiders
Canberra Rubber Stamps & Signs
Canberra Torana Club
Capital Linen Service
City News
Coca Cola
Content Group
Cosmorex Coffee & Equipment
Capital Hotel Group
CBA
Chemworks
Crowes Curtains
Crowne Plaza
Dataflex
Deloitte
Domayne Fyshwick
DFK Everalls
Duesburys Nexia
Elect Printing
Ernst & Young
Eway
Family Business Australia – Canberra Branch
Ford & Associates
Frozpak Food Services
Hedley Property group
Health Futures
Huawei Technologies
Ideas & Directions
Illawarra Master Builders
Independent Liquor Retailers
Jane & Garry Smee
J.G. Service
Jim Murphy Online
Joyce Dickson Chartered Accountants
Leader Security
LCdigital
Local Liquor
LJ Hooker
Luton Real Estate
Maliganis Edwards Johnson
Mayfair Homes
Morgans Group
Maxim Charted Accountants
McDonalds Cooma
McDonalds Queanbeyan
McDonalds Sutton Forrest
McDonalds Yass
Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers
NCC
NDH Property Services
Nova Multimedia
Oracle Canberra
Peter Blackshaw Real Estate
Price Waterhouse Coopers
Qantas
Queanbeyan Leagues Club
Ray White Canberra
REST Super
RMHC
Rotary Club of Boorowa
Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak
RUC
Servcorp
Steggles
Tainn Hunter Classic 2012
Telstra
Terry Campese Foundation
T-8 Photography
The Ben Donohue Run & Walk
The Canberra Times
The Good Guys
The Yellow Van
Today’s Homes
Tour de Cure
Transact
Transit Graphics
Travelers Choice
WBG Building
WIN TV

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