Fam­ily room for pa­tients away

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY res­i­dents could soon have ac­cess to a Ron­ald McDon­ald House fam­ily room fa­cil­ity at the Townsville Hos­pi­tal as part of the or­gan­i­sa­tions new ex­pan­sion plan.

Ron­ald McDon­ald House launched a sec­ond stage ex­pan­sion plan in Novem­ber last year, to en­able them to pro­vide ser­vices for 24 fam­i­lies, dou­ble what is cur­rently avail­able.

Ron­ald McDon­ald House re­la­tion­ship and de­vel­op­ment man­ager Brad Hastewell said the next step was to open up a fam­ily room within the Townsville Hos­pi­tal.

“Es­sen­tially what that will do is pro­vide ser­vices to Whit­sun­day peo­ple who are there short term and don’t have any where to stay or maybe can’t af­ford to stay some­where,” he said.

“For this rea­son we need the sup­port of com­mu­nity groups, or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses to help raise funds to get the de­vel­op­ment off the ground.”

Mr Hastewell said 156 fam­i­lies from the Proser­pine, Cannonvale and Air­lie Beach re­gion had used the ser­vices of Ron­ald McDon­ald House since 2004, which is 10 per cent of to­tal fam­i­lies us­ing the ser­vice.

The Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach raised a stag­ger­ing $97,360 for the lo­cal com­mu­nity groups through the Ro­tary Com­mu­nity Raf­fle last month, ac­cord­ing to Ro­tary Club pres­i­dent Roger Boast.

Ron­ald McDon­ald House was able to raise $3000 through the sale of Ro­tary Com­mu­nity Raf­fle tick­ets.

“Our sup­port will very much de­pend on the money we can make as most of our funds come from the sale of the phone book and the in­come from that has been de­clin­ing,” Mr Boast said.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to make a do­na­tion, con­tact brad.hastewell@rmhnq.org.au.

HELP­ING SICK: Re­la­tion­ship and de­vel­op­ment man­ager at Ron­ald McDon­ald House Brad Hastewell with Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach pres­i­dent Roger Boast .

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