Isolation isn't new for our families.

Be the Kindness the world needs right now.

Take the 30-day Great Kindness Challenge this autumn and support seriously ill children and their families.

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The need to be in isolation or practising social distancing is new to most of us, but for many of our families that stay at Ronald McDonald House Charities Sydney (RMHCS), it is a way of life. For children that are being treated for leukaemia, cancer, have had transplants or are living with cystic fibrosis, isolation is essential for their survival. A common cold can be life threatening, making the need for isolation no holiday at home.

We need your support now more than ever. This global crisis is having an impact on us all. But for families with a sick child, it has added another stress and will continue to impact them.

You can support our seriously ill and vulnerable kids and their families by taking the Great Kindness Challenge.

Be the Kindness the world needs right now and show how small acts of kindness can brighten anyone’s day. Register now for the Great Kindness Challenge this autumn and raise funds to our seriously ill and vulnerable kids and their families.


The Great Kindness Challenge is the perfect opportunity for people to do something to help RMHCS continue to support some of the more vulnerable members of our community during challenging times and into the future. 

You can choose you own acts of kindness, or follow the 30-day calendar of kindness. Suggested activities include checking in on an elderly neighbor, picking up some extra groceries for someone who can’t leave their house, calling your loved ones, or donating unused clothing or goods while you are isolated.

It costs $160 per night to support a family at our House, these costs are at no burden to the families that stay with us. By taking the Great Kindness Challenge, your funds will ensure we are able to KEEP OUR HOUSE OPEN 365 DAYS A YEAR.

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

By taking on the challenge of completing 30 days of kindness across Autumn, individuals, schools and businesses, can help raise funding to provide 240 nights of accommodation for families in RMHCS either from the comfort of their home while isolated or in their workplace or school.

RMHCS needs your support for the families of seriously ill children in their care more than ever during this difficult time. The Great Kindness Challenge is the perfect opportunity for people to do something to help RMHCS continue to support some of the more vulnerable members of our community during challenging times and into the future.  

Small acts of kindness are at the heart of the Family Rooms operated by RMHCS within Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick and Royal North Shore Hospital. The programs that sees corporate volunteers cooking for families, and regular volunteers baking treats and providing practical support, have been temporarily suspended. However, the doors of Ronald McDonald House remain open to families.

You can choose you own acts of kindness, or follow the 30-day calendar of kindness provided below. Suggested activities include checking in on an elderly neighbor, picking up some extra groceries for someone who can’t leave their house, calling your loved ones, or donating unused clothing or goods while you are isolated.

But, don’t feel limited to the suggestions in our calendar, you can develop and perform your own acts of kindness however or as often as you choose.

Download our new 30 Day of Kindness Calendar (Home version) or

or 

Develop your own 30 days of Kindness Calendar

Your Impact

As a wonderful by-product of the kindness you will be spreading, you will also be raising funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities Sydney to support the ongoing needs of sick kids and families that use the House.  We have a big goal of raising 240 nights of accommodation for our families through the Great Kindness Challenge.  It costs $160 per night for RMHC Sydney to support a family, these costs are at no burden to the families that stay with us.  With your support, we will be able to ensure accommodation for many families to come use our services in the future.

Get out there and promote your kind acts all across your social media channels and encourage your friends and families to sponsor your through generous donations to RMHC Sydney!

Bobbi's Story

The need to be in isolation or practising social distancing is new to most of us, but for many of our families that stay at Ronald McDonald House Charities Sydney (RMHCS), it is a way of life. For children that are being treated for leukaemia, cancer, have had transplants or are living with cystic fibrosis, isolation is essential for their survival. A common cold can be life threatening, making the need for isolation no holiday at home. This week we spoke to Steve and his daughter Ashleigh who have been staying at RMHCS for more than 4 months, whilst their daughter and sister, 2-year-old Robyn (Bobbi) is receiving treatment for a brain tumour.

During Bobbi's treatment, which is a long and difficult road for little Bobbi and emotionally and physically draining for Steve and Ashleigh, they have been living away from home at Ronald McDonald House in Randwick, in one of their 4 isolation units (a small self-contained one bedroom unit with a courtyard). During their stay they have taken the time to see the positives in what has bought them together. “More than anything, we have the time to enjoy each other’s company,” said Ashleigh. “I haven’t spent this much time with my dad since I was 15 as I was either working, studying or going out. Bobbi is such a good baby despite what she is going through and this experience has given us lots of quality time together that we might not have otherwise had. We have an influence on the development of Bobbi everyday and all that she learns comes from us. When I’m cooking pasta, I give her a little pot and she puts the pasta, salt and a little bit of water in it and stirs it just like me.”

When I peeked in their unit there was a cubby house made of blankets and chairs and little Bobbi had her own mini dustpan and broom and wanted to help her dad with cleaning the house. “We have created our own routine. I take Bobbi for a walk in her pram as her illness means she is not strong enough to walk and I do a few handyman things here and there when Bobbi is sleeping,” said Steve. “Day sleeps with the baby are the best! I never had the time to do that at home. I’m also reading those books that have sat on my bookshelf for so long,” added Ashleigh.

When asked how they keep a 2 year old entertained in a small area, Steve and Ashleigh said that they have gone back to learning and singing all of the nursery rhymes, play dress ups, look through photos and videos (like all 2 year-olds, Bobbi loves to see images of herself), paints their nails, dance around the house, build cubby houses, involve Bobbi in doing things around the house and just sit on the floor together and play.

This is not what they wanted for little Bobbi, but Steve and Ashleigh make the most of the situation they are in and look for the positives in the time that they get to spend with each other and Bobbi. We can all learn a little bit about the experiences that many families staying at Ronald McDonald House live with everyday.

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