Roar­ing ’20s-in­spired char­ity fundraiser for Ron­ald McDon­ald House

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Peter Carruthers Peter.Carruthers@ news­re­gional­me­

JOIN in all the glitz, glam­our, style and chic that was the Roar­ing ’20s at Mantra Club Croc this week­end.

The Roar­ing ’20s-themed McDon­ald House Char­ity fundraiser is an an­nual gala event.

There are lim­ited tick­ets avail­able for this year’s event on November 18 at the Mantra Club Croc in Air­lie Beach.

Co-chair of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee Jaide Hunt said there are a few places still avail­able but they are sell­ing fast.

Ron­ald McDon­ald House North Queens­land has pro­vided more than 160,000 night stays to more than 3500 fam­i­lies with se­ri­ously ill chil­dren since 2004.

Co-chair Ron Pet­ter­son said he ex­pected the 1920s theme to bring out guys dressed as gang­sters and girls in flap­per dresses.

“But the im­por­tant thing is the money that we raise goes di­rectly to the house in Townsville,” he said.

“And the rea­son it goes there is over 120 Whit­sun­day fam­i­lies this year alone have used that house in Townsville.

“We want fam­i­lies with sick kids to be able to stay there and not worry about pay­ing ho­tel bills or look­ing for a place to stay.

“When your kid is sick in hos­pi­tal you just want to know you have got some­where to go and put your head down.”

The av­er­age length of stay for these fam­i­lies is 2-3 months.

Ms Hunt said the Townsville Ron­ald McDon­ald House was not just for pa­tient’s fam­i­lies who had life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

“In the cy­clone a girl flew up there with an ap­pen­dici­tis and she had the ac­com­mo­da­tion avail­able to her and her fam­ily,” Mr Pet­ter­son said. “It could be com­pli­ca­tion with a birth of fall­ing off a swing and break­ing your arm.”

Lo­cal McDon­ald’s owner Mike Muller said, “It’s great to get the com­mu­nity

in­volved rais­ing both aware­ness and funds for this great cause.”

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