FOR so many years the name Ronald McDonald House was synonymous as a place in Sydney where families from Orange and the Central West could stay while their child was were receiving specialist care that was not available in the region.
Fast forward to 2015 and now it is Orange’s Ronald McDonald House that is the leading the way in the provision of a facility for the people of the Central West they can truly call their own.
While the volunteers and staff of Ronald McDonald House need no motivation to stick to their task of maintaining Orange’s newly-opened house, the emerging trend that so many families are using the house as their accommodation and support base while their child is treated at the child and adolescent mental health unit is surely an incentive to remained energised and focused.
Families in distress are coming to Orange from five health districts, which equates to 86 per cent of the state, to access the mental health and other specialist services for their children at Orange.
So far 100 volunteers, including those who stay overnight, have come forward to be trained to work as volunteers at the house in a variety of roles.
However, as the number of families using the house continues to grow and it reaches its capacity daily, another 100 volunteers are needed to ensure the seven-day-a-week, 24-hour roster runs smoothly.
Orange and Central West residents should feel proud they have raised more than $4 million to build the house in Orange, and the occupancy so far by so many families who are experiencing the trauma of a child or adolescent struggling with a mental health problem is proof of the incredible generosity of the local and regional community who are making a difference in people’s lives.
The launch at the Ronald McDonald House ball on Saturday night of the “Can You Help Us Keep the Doors Open” campaign will take on a special significance now that the house is making such a difference to people’s lives.
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