House now a home for chil­dren in need

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

RON­ALD McDon­ald House Char­ity (RMHC) pa­tron of 15 years Adam Gilchrist has seen the trans­for­ma­tion from a “hum­ble” house through to the “five-star qual­ity” of the new fa­cil­ity.

Last Fri­day, Premier Colin Bar­nett opened the $27 mil­lion house, which can ac­com­mo­date up to 220 peo­ple and 47 re­gional fam­i­lies a night.

For­mer Aus­tralian crick­eter and Su­bi­aco res­i­dent Gilchrist said it was an ex­tra­or­di­nary build­ing.

“It’s ab­so­lute five-star qual­ity,” he said.

“It is what it should be for fam­i­lies in th­ese times of ad­ver­sity and it’s not just the chil­dren with the ill­ness that are catered for but their sib­lings and par­ents as well, with learn­ing and teach­ing rooms so they can con­tinue school work.

“No de­tail has been for­got­ten.”

The for­mer house opened in Su­bi­aco in 1990 to pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion for coun­try fam­i­lies whose chil­dren were un­der­go­ing hos­pi­tal treat­ment.

Gilchrist said the num­ber of vol­un­teers on open­ing day im­pressed him.

“Not tak­ing away from how amaz­ing this fa­cil­ity is but no mat­ter where it is, we’ve worked for 25 years in Su­bi­aco in much more hum­ble premises than this and it’s still been a beau­ti­ful and amaz­ing heal­ing fa­cil­ity,” he said.

“There are so many peo­ple cor­po­rately, pri­vately and pub­licly who do­nate money and it’s all rel­a­tive but some peo­ple don’t have the money to hand over so they do­nate some­thing much more valu­able and that’s time, emo­tion and love to this great fa­cil­ity.”

Fam­i­lies will move into the new four-storey build­ing this week.

Adam Gilchrist in the roof gar­den at the new Ron­ald McDon­ald House in Ned­lands.

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