Premier opens new Ronald McDonald House
- Ronald McDonald House built alongside Perth Children's Hospital
- Lotterywest grant of $8m, plus $5m through Royalties for Regions
- Potential to help 800 families across regional WA each year
The new $27 million Ronald McDonald House in Nedlands, officially opened today by Premier Colin Barnett, provides a home away from home to an increased number of families of seriously ill children who are receiving treatment.
Compared to the existing house in Subiaco, the facility will provide almost triple the amount of accommodation with 47 family rooms, accommodating up to 220 people each night. It has the potential to help more than 800 families from across regional Western Australia each year at no cost to them.
The new house, next to the new Perth Children's Hospital, provides easy access for children receiving treatment and ensures families can remain close by.
The Premier said the new house would give much needed respite to families of sick children while they were going through a very difficult and stressful time.
"The support and care offered by Ronald McDonald House is invaluable and the new premises will provide a more comfortable home away from home for more families," Mr Barnett said.
"The house also provides a place where families who are going through similar experiences can come together and support each other, helping to ease the isolation that many families face."
The new house features a recreation room, a teen den for older children and a learning centre, which is the first of its kind within Australia for Ronald McDonald House.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said he was pleased Royalties for Regions was investing in facilities that provided quality care to regional families.
"The new house will ensure that the accommodation and support service needs of regional families are met long into the future," Mr Redman said.
Royalties for Regions investment in health infrastructure and services is continuing to improve liveability in our regions."
The State Government is the biggest donor with Lotterywest contributing $8 million through grants, plus $5 million through the Royalties for Regions program.
Remaining funds were raised through a 'Stronger Together' campaign which saw major donations from businesses and corporate leaders as well as community fundraising events such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities Ball, Ride for Sick Kids WA cycling challenge and McHappy Day.
WA is the only State where the money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisations working to enrich Western Australian communities.
All current families will move to the new house on Wednesday, December 9, the same day that the doors of the old house in Subiaco close.
- For more information, visit https://www.rmhc.org.au/our-programs/houses/perth
- Since 1995, Lotterywest has provided over $8m to support Ronald McDonald House Charities in WA
- Since Lotterywest held its first lottery draw in 1933, public hospitals have been among the most important beneficiaries of its funding
- In 2014-15, Lotterywest provided $122m to support health and hospitals in WA
- Since the start of Royalties for Regions, $650m has been provided to health initiatives for regional communities
- For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit http://biggerpicture.regions.wa.gov.au
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700