Be part of something pawsome and show your purrsonality!

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Our story

Let me introduce myself, I’m Wilbur, the Chief Cheer Officer (CCO) at RMHC Sydney and I've have been the Houses' Therapy Dog in Training for the past three years.

During COVID, my hoomans and I brainstormed ideas on how to raise funds to support the very, very sick children and their families at the House. I barked and said why not get all pets to take on some challenges and raise funds for the kids that I ruff so much? Then boom! Paws for Sick Kids was born.

After the success of 2020, we are back again this Winter spreading the word to all hoomans about the work we do and how we support families all around Australia.

In 2020:

  • I had 588 frens take part across Australia
  • Raised an amazing $82,300 (514 nights based on $160 per night)
  • Had amazing celebrity frens take part like Benji Marshall, Cameron Daddo, Samantha Jade and our official PFSK Ambassador, 2020 Big Brother Winner, Chad Hurst.

I would ruff to have you take part in 2021!

Our goal is to have 1,000 of my frens participate in our new and exciting personality challenges, where you will be joining me between 19-25 July.

Will you be my fren and join me! All pets are welcomed!

Stay pawsitive!

Wilbur (CCO) 

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YES, I'M IN!

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Your Impact means more than a place to sleep for families ...

It costs RMHC Sydney $160 per night to support each family staying at the House. In the traditional sense of the word, a night would simply refer to a roof over someone's head for the night, but at RMHC Sydney, a night means so much more to our families.

A night for our families means:

  • They have a network of families, staff and volunteers in the House that understand what they are going through
  • A quick 5-minute walk to the hospital when you need it
  • A kitchen full of food and home-made meals cooked for them 3 times per week
  • Access to our Family Rooms when staying on ward
  • Access to in-house education support by qualified teachers and 40 hours of free tuition when the patient returns home
  • It’s free to families staying at RMHC Sydney so they can focus on their sick child

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Our goal is to raise 525 nights ($84,000) so that sick kids and their family can continue to stay at RMHC Sydney for FREE.

 

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Meet our beautiful and courageous kids you will be taking a stand for!

Emily

My name is Emily, I am 15 years old and I have Myasthenia Gravis. A chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes weakness in the skeletal muscles, which are responsible for breathing and moving parts of my body, including my arms and legs.

I’ve been staying on and off at Ronald McDonald House Randwick since 2018 and at last count, my mum and I have stayed a total of 243 days so far, and we have pretty much stayed in all the different rooms within the House.

What I have is incurable.

I have to live with this for the rest of my life.

I’m very lucky to have the support of my mum, Danielle. She is my best friend. Words can’t explain how she has helped me both physically and mentally, she is my rock!

I’ve have also made so many friends over the years at the House, many of my friends unfortunately passed away during my stay here but many more friends have fully recovered and now live healthy lives.

I met Wilbur when he was just a little puppy, running up and down the hallways of the House, being cheeky as he is.

Over the past few years, I would be going through a whole day worth of treatments and it really impacts your mental health.

But walking back from the hospital to the House, I would start smiling as I could hear Wilbur bark. I love giving him cuddles and belly scratches, he really lifts my spirit.

With Wilbur, he makes you feel like you are at home as it brings back memories of my own dogs.

It’s amazing that pets like Wilbur can lift your mood and they know how to make you happy!

If we can get more pets like Wilbur taking part in this year’s Paws for Sick Kids, it will give sick kids staying in the House the best medicine of all, laughter.

Thank you for taking part in this campaign! I cannot wait to see what your pet in action and make us all smile!

Love,

Emily

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