Today, Ronald McDonald House Westmead has officially opened the doors to its newest facility and the largest House of its kind in NSW, which will help provide even more families with a home away from home while their sick or injured child is undergoing treatment.
Located just metres from NSW’s largest pediatric center, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, the new House will offer more than double the capacity of the current House. New facilities include multiple room types, a custom designed fully accessible bathroom, numerous retreat areas, a Learning Centre, health and fitness centre, six individual family kitchens and a dedicated Volunteer’s kitchen.
The House was formally opened by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove. Following the ceremony, guests toured the new House and experienced what will become home for up to 371 people each night for many years to come.
The Parramatta Eels have had a long standing relationship with the Ronald McDonald House Westmead, spanning 22 years from 1995. Eels Tim Mannah, who is an ambassador for Ronald McDonald House Westmead and Eels CEO Bernie Gurr attended the launch of the facility.
Check out some of the photos from the ceremony.
Ronald McDonald House Westmead first opened its doors in 1995 and is one of 16 Houses around Australia that are operated to provide essential accommodation and support for families with seriously ill or injured children. The new Westmead House will be open to the public on Saturday 17th February from 12pm-3pm for a Community Open Day, for more information visit: www.buildinglove.org.au/news