Local businesses will double community donations to help keep families with sick kids together at Christmas

While many businesses are wrapping up for the year, 12 local businesses are putting their hand up to match community donations to keep families together at Christmas while their sick child gets the critical treatment they need. Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern NSW has asked local businesses to claim a ‘day’ in their #12DaysRMHChristmas campaign.

The campaign is designed to help families like Vinnie’s. After a prolonged seizure that happened at daycare earlier this year, Vinnie was urgently flown to hospital to get the vital care he needed for a rare brain swelling that has never before been seen in Australia. All Vinnie’s mum had with her was the clothes on her back and her handbag. Thanks to Ronald McDonald House, Vinnie’s mum and dad were able to stay nearby to help Vinnie through his treatment, which kept them away from home for four months.With Vinnie now confined to a wheelchair and facing up to 20 seizures a day, the family are unsure where they will get to spend Christmas this year – with loved ones or again at Ronald McDonald House so Vinnie can get the help he needs.

Local business, NCP Printing, was one of the first to get on board to help families like Vinnie’s at Christmas. Sales Manager, David Small said that they were really wanting to participate in something that has an immediate effect.

“We have long been supporters of Ronald McDonald House Charities, because you can see the impact that they have, firsthand. Christmas should be a time of laughter, but unfortunately the conditions these kids face and the treatments they need don’t go on hold so families can enjoy the festivities. While families in Ronald McDonald House still face the stress of supporting their child through treatment, the least we can do is help take some of the pressure away by supporting a cause that provides them with accommodation, a hot meal and even basic needs like pyjamas and a toothbrush at Christmas. ”

David Small, Sales Manager NCP Printing

For every donation that the community makes to help ease the stress of supporting a sick child going through vital treatment in hospital, each business participating in the #12DaysRMHChristmas will match that amount up to $1,000 each.

Another local business, Bridges Lake Macquarie, was quick to jump on board, with Director Daniel Irving saying that it was an easy decision.

“It’s so easy to take for granted the traditions we enjoy every Christmas and not think about those who don’t even know where they’ll be Christmas Day. We are proud to play our part and put our hand up for a good cause at a time when families need it the most.”

Daniel Irving, Director, Bridges Lake Macquarie

CEO of Ronald McDonald House Northern NSW, Ross Bingham said their accommodation is often full over the festive season, but families sometimes don’t find out until the last minute that they will be there.

“Ronald McDonald House provides more than just a place to stay. We keep families, like Vinnie’s, together and give them the chance to make memories that are all the more precious because of their circumstances. Our staff and volunteers go to incredible lengths to make the whole month of December special for families. But we can’t do it without the support of the community. Christmas should be a time of laughter, but unfortunately the conditions these kids face and the treatments they need don’t go on hold so families can enjoy the festivities. While families in Ronald McDonald House still face the stress of supporting their child through treatment, the least we can do is help take some of the pressure away by supporting a cause that provides them with accommodation, a hot meal and even basic needs like pyjamas and a toothbrush at Christmas.”

Ross Bingham, CEO, Ronald McDonald House Northern NSW

With the support of businesses like Orica, GWH, McKiernan Real Estate, Strategic Group, Bridges Lake Macquarie and NCP Printing who are matching community gifts, any donation made can go so much further. Ronald McDonald House are grateful for their support.
For more details or to be a part of the #12DaysRMHChristmas, visit https://fundraise.rmhc.org.au/event/christmas-donor-appeal/home