About Ronald McDonald House Sydney

For over 29 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities Sydney has supported thousands of seriously ill children and their parents, carers and guardians. Opened in 1991, our Randwick House provides more than just the basic necessities. We specialise in assisting families who need to travel 100+ km from home to receive specialist medical care for their sick children, offering a warm and welcoming place to stay in a supportive and understanding environment.  

Through our accommodation and support services, we strive to build a community that nurtures and empowers seriously ill children and their families. 

Our Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms are run by a hardworking team of staff (including our furry-friend, Wilbur the House Dog!) and dedicated group of volunteers, all aided by the generous support of our donors, sponsors and community and corporate partners.

How Wilbur Made Abby Smile!

5-year-old Abby has been coming to RMHC Sydney with her mum Nicole, little brother Kayzen and Nanna Debbie, for the past 3 years whilst being treated for Henoch-Schönlein Purpura Nephritis at the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick. For Abby, a trip in the car to Sydney meant one thing – a trip to the hospital. This made for a not-so-happy car ride, and for Abby and her family, this was a trip that they had to make quite often. During the past 3 years, Abby has stayed with us on 29 occasions and this doesn’t account for the local hospital stays that she has had to endure.

Nicole said, “Wilbur was part of the change in Abigail’s approach to coming to Sydney. She used to cry as soon as we turned onto the freeway. After Wilbur’s arrival she was so excited to see him, there were no tears.”

Abby couldn’t wait to meet Wilbur and even gave him his first toy – a little squeaky piggy. It was love at first sight! “One of my favourite memories is the day Abby met Wilbur. Both the kids just melted when they met him.” Whilst Abby still needs to stay at RMHC Sydney frequently, she does so with excitement, knowing that she is coming to visit Wilbur. You will hear her standing at the glass sliding doors announcing “Where’s Wilbur? I’ve come to see Wilbur!”

 

Family Rooms

Take a break together as a family at the Ronald McDonald Family Room, we have three Family rooms, one at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Royal North Shore and Wollongong Hospital.

Our Ronald McDonald Family Room offers respite for you and your family while visiting or staying with a child in hospital. Step away from the ward and into our Family Room, where you’ll find full kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities, a comfortable lounge and dining area as well as two quiet bedrooms for catching up on sleep.

About the House

Ronald McDonald House Sydney gives seriously ill children the best gift of all – their families. 

Our House is a warm and supportive home-away-from-home for families of children travelling to Randwick for treatment at the Sydney Children’s Hospital. Ronald McDonald House Sydney is committed to providing family-focused care allowing families to stay by their child’s side during their treatment at the Sydney Children’s Hospital. Our communal facilities help to create a social and supportive environment and offer a few of the comforts of home that make life just that little bit easier.  

Learning Program

The Ronald McDonald Learning Program assists school-aged children with serious illnesses and injuries to catch up on missed education following treatment and recovery. We provide a suite of educational support services, including therapy sessions and one-on-one tutorials with experienced teachers.

How your pet can create smiles.

YOUR IMPACT

Ronald McDonald House Sydney gives seriously ill children the best gift of all – their families. 

Our House is a warm and supportive home-away-from-home for families of children travelling to Randwick for treatment at the Sydney Children’s Hospital.   RMHC Sydney is committed to providing family-focused care allowing families to stay by their child’s side during their treatment at the Sydney Children’s Hospital. Our communal facilities help to create a social and supportive environment and offer a few of the comforts of home that make life just that little bit easier.

Your Impact

All funds raised during this campaign will have a direct impact on the lives of seriously ill children and their families. This allows RMHC Sydney to continue delivering family-focused care in times of need. Demand for our services has never been greater.

With your support, we will continue to keep families close when they are facing the most difficult time of their lives.

Your sponsorship will assist in the continued operation of the House that can accommodate 30 families and over 120 people each night.

The in-hospital Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Royal North Shore Hospital and Wollongong Hospital provides the comforts of home within those hospitals for over 4,000 families each year. This includes meals, laundry and a place to sleep while their sick child is in the ward.

The Ronald McDonald Learning Program helps children catch up on schooling missed due to serious illness and injury by providing access to 40hrs of free one-on-one tutoring with a qualified teacher across Australia.

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