Ronald McDonald Charities first arrived in South Australia in 1991, following a major refurbishment of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide. To assist families needing accommodation close to where their child was being treatment in hospital and in 2000 we established Adelaide’s very first Ronald McDonald House. Since then, we have expanded our accommodation facilities to give over 200 families a warm, safe and secure place to stay every year.
Through our accommodation and support services, we strive to keep families together when life gets turned upside down due to a child’s illness.
Our Ronald McDonald House is run by a tirelessly hard working team of staff and volunteers, aided by the generous support of our donors, sponsors and corporate partners.
Little Poppy was born prematurely, weighing only 556 grams due to severe preeclampsia and Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR).
She spent the first 95 days of her life at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, a long way away from her family’s home town of Moonta. In total, Poppy and her family spent 128 days at Ronald McDonald House South Australia, which became their new home away from home. While mother, Yasmin, was at the House in order to be close to her new baby, Poppy’s dad, Joe, was travelling back and forth from their farm and visiting whenever he could. This was a huge adjustment for the family, having to spend so much time away from everything they know and everyone they love.
Before their journey at Ronald McDonald House SA began, Yasmin says she did not know much about the House and its services until they needed it. During her stay, Yasmin met a number of equally inspiring parents who all had their own story to tell and she still keeps in touch with many of them to this day. The House, its volunteers and staff hold a very special place in their heart and, during a difficult time, RMHC SA was able to bring a lot of joy and support to their lives.
Since her time at the House, Poppy has blossomed into a beautiful young and “cheeky” lady as her mum would say, and not a day goes by where they don’t think about RMHC SA and the other families they met.
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Staying at the House
Our Adelaide House gives seriously ill children the best gift of all – their families. Our warm and supportive home-away-from-home provides both the whole family with a comfortable place to stay and peace of mind, knowing they can stay together and close to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Ronald McDonald House is located a convenient 5 minute walk from the Women and Children’s Hospital on Melbourne Street. Centrally located in leafy North Adelaide in the ‘green belt’ of the city, our House is surrounded by acres of urban parkland and is a short stroll to the Botanical Gardens and the Adelaide Zoo.
Ronald McDonald House Adelaide is spread across two sites directly opposite each other. The main House sleeps up to ten families in single room accommodation. Our second building is an apartment-style facility containing ten two - bedroom self-contained units, best suited to families staying with us for longer periods of time.
Who is eligible to stay with us?
Keeping the family together can be extremely tough without support, which is why we offer accommodation for parents and families with seriously ill children. Our House also supports mothers going through high risk pregnancies.
We try to accommodate the needs of families where we can, but this is always subject to availability. Priority is given to regional families whose children have been recently diagnosed, seriously injured or who require emergency treatment, as well as families of premature babies.
To stay with us the first time, you’ll need an initial referral from your local doctor, specialist, social worker or patient travel office. For subsequent visits, you can enquire with us directly.
Ronald McDonald House South Australia relies on the work of our volunteers and the financial support of individual and corporate donations.
Without their generous contributions, we would be unable to keep our doors open to families in need 365 days a year. Thanks to the public, we’ve been able to continually expand our operations to help more families and communities in Adelaide.
There are many ways you can contribute to Ronald McDonald House South Australia: