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