New Ronald McDonald Family Room at Mackay Base Hospital to open in 2022 

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) North Australia and Mackay Hospital Foundation (MHF) have announced a joint fundraising campaign for a new facility to be constructed at Mackay Base Hospital to support seriously ill and injured children and their families - the Ronald McDonald Family Room.

The Ronald McDonald Family Room, proudly supported by MHF, will provide a homelike environment close the Children and Adolescent Unit, and provide free services and support volunteers to enable family members of hospitalised children to take a break from the ward and increase their overall well-being.

What the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Mackay Base Hospital will provide:

 Comfort and Care - the Family Room will make hospital stays a bit easier by providing families with all the comforts of home within the Mackay Base Hospital;

 A relaxing place where family members can take a ‘time out’ when visiting a child receiving treatment at Mackay Base Hospital;

 All the comforts of home including a kitchen, laundry, lounge room, nap rooms and lots of room to relax and play;

 Cost savings - we know from research that free services provided by Ronald McDonald Family Rooms can save families of hospitalised children on average of $37 a day;

 Unlimited smiles and support from our wonderful RMHC North Australia volunteers!

The existing Ronald McDonald Family Room located at the Townsville University Hospital is a much-loved space for North Australian families, welcoming between 300 – 400 families each month. The new addition of the Ronald McDonald Family Room at the Mackay Base Hospital will ensure local Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday families can access this wonderful service closer to home, when they need it most.  

We need your help to raise the remaining funds needed to build our new Ronald McDonald Family Room at Mackay Base Hospital in 2022!

Your support will help us care for local Mackay families, like the Melvin family

Dad, Sean, shares their story:

In 2018 my partner, Cara, was pregnant with our daughter Dylan. At 25 weeks, Cara went into preterm labour and was flown to Townsville from Mackay on the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The next day I drove up to meet her without knowing where I was going stay or how long we would be there.

The doctors did an amazing job and delayed the birth of our daughter for 10 weeks which allowed her the best opportunity at a healthy start to life. This meant we ended up staying in Townsville for 81 days, and every one of those days we were housed, supported and at times fed by Ronald McDonald House Charities North Australia. With no income and not knowing how long we would be there, they took an enormous burden off our shoulders. That is without mentioning the emotional and logistical support they provide to all the families who stay with them.

One example of that support is the Family Room located in the hospital itself. Here, there are usually a couple of volunteers who offer a cuppa and something to eat, or even just a chat to take your mind off things. There are facilities to wash clothes if you are too far away from home to get back there daily. They have beds so you can get some sleep in a bed instead of a chair in a hospital ward. There’s plenty of activities to help keep the kids entertained and the volunteers are always more than happy to help out with anything they can. The Family Room is somewhere you can go to feel a bit more at home and get away from the grinding routine of hospital life.

For me, it was somewhere I could go to call home and check in without doing it in a hospital waiting room. To sit down and have a coffee out of a mug instead of a cardboard cup. The Family Room means different things to different people, but the one thing it does for everyone is making a bad situation that little bit easier and more bearable in the tough times.

That is why we support this Charity wholeheartedly and believe the initiative to build a Ronald McDonald Family Room at Mackay Base Hospital is a worthy cause for anyone to get behind. - Sean Melvin

A big thank you to our Supporters

The real heroes who are kindly helping us achieve our goal

$53

Steven Pel

$211

Joes Roof Painting And Restorations

$11

Shannon Mckenzie

$211

Chris Booth

$53

Charlie

$518

Mackay Softball Association

$60.8k

Mackay Mayor's Charity Ball

$700

Michelle Playford

$7.25k

M & P Services Charity Golf Day

$10k

Honda Foundation

$1.13k

Mackay Hockey

$5k

Porter's Mitre 10

$50

Stella Life Care

As a Whitsunday owned and operated, disability and aged care service provider we know fully well the need for increased support for families to make their hospital stays a bit easier. We are pleased to contribute to the building of your family room at Mackay Base Hospital.

$3k

Bradnam's Windows & Doors

$106.61k

Secured Funds

$5.4k

Mackay Cutters Raffle Ticket Fundraiser

$500

Jacob Thompson

$5k

Harrup Park Charitable Foundation

$1.4k

Past Presidents Social Bowls Club

$710

Sarina State School Fundraiser

$500

Northern Beaches Ladies Bowls Club

$450

Palmview Retirement Village Craft Club

$13.02k

Mcdonald's Mackay Fundraiser

$5k

Sacca Heavy Repairs

$5k

The Daily Mercury Mackay

$30k

Glencore

$52

Sherrie Klinger

$135

Shane Bienke

$515

Mackay City Ladies Bowling Club

A junior member of our Club has been travelling to Brisbane for cancer treatment over the last 18 months or so and she and her family have stayed at Ronald McDonald house. We realise the importance of not only having somewhere to stay but to have support there that we wanted to be part of making it easier for families who have loved ones needing treatment in Mackay

$2k

Hastings Deering

$361

Primal Coffee Roasters

$239

Nebo State School

$5k

Harrup Park Charitable Foundation

$25k

Mm Electrical

$30.88k

Mackay Basketball Fundraiser

$5k

S & S Heavy Haulage

$5k

Sacca Heavy Repairs

$48.71k

Mayor's Charity Golf Day

$1,000

Mackay Netball Association Fundraiser

$121

Lead Sunrise Childcare Centre Fundraiser

$1.14k

Mcdonald's Mackay Fundraiser

$5k

Hastings Deering

$5k

Davkat Heavy Haulage

$10k

Coalroc

$232

Centre Stage Dance Company Fundraiser

$10.62k

Mackay Hospital Foundation Fundraiser

$3k

Rotary Club Of Mackay North

$194

Glenella State School Fundraiser

$500

Cary Gordon & Anne Sleeman

$1,000

Stanmore Coal

$1.2k

Mackay City Auto Group

$5.16k

Mackay Hospital Foundation Deposits

$63

Andrew Zammit

$5

Andrew Zammit

$100

Mackay Cubbie House Colour Run Fundraiser

$500

Wallace & Wallace Lawyers

$5k

Dgh Engineering Fundraiser

$5k

Dgh Engineering

$52

Marisa Widdowson

$5k

Bhp Benefiting My Community

$335

Nebo State School

2020 Student Council

$10k

D&t Hydraulics & Engineering

$50k

Mackay Flagon & Dragon Club

$566

Harrup Park Country Club

$500

Cba Caneland Central

$500

Mackay Northern Beaches Ladies Bowls Club

$400

Palmview Retirement Village Craft Club

$2k

Callcorr

$52

Moyea Maclean

$52

Ivan & Anne B

$5k

Field Mining Services

$2k

A & A Zammit

$5k

Mackellar

$5k

Global Civil And Mining Holdings

$10k

Global Product Search

$1.18k

South's Leagues Club

$10k

Coalroc

$5k

Nq Bulk Ports

$1.14k

Palmview Retirement Village

$10k

Key Solutions Group

$20k

Aurizon Community Giving Fund

$5k

Mackay Sugar

$5k

Wilmar Sugar

$2.5k

Mcdonald's Mackay

$100

Mackay Amateur Basketball

$50k

Mackay Hospital Foundation

$10

Joy Duffus

$3.57k

Mackay Regional Council Staff Christmas Party Fundraiser

$1,000

A & A Zammit

$11k

Mcdonald's Mackay

$208

Luke Phillips

$500

Component Works

$6.7k

Mackay Basketball Charity Night Auction

$10k

Mackay Rod & Custom Club 2019 Mackay Motor Show

$75k

Flagon & Dragon Charity Luncheon

$200k

Secured Funds

$5k

Macrossan & Amiet Charitable Foundation

$3.69k

G&s Engineering Services

$1.56k

Mackay Hospital Foundation - Pie Drive

$2.77k

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