Open your arms for families with a sick child

For 30 years Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern NSW has provided a home away from home for families with a sick or injured child when they need it the most. We’ve helped take away some of the financial stress, been a friendly face to talk to, provided a warm bed and a place where they can feel safe and secure together as a family.

But we haven't done it alone.

Upload your Open Arms

You can join us in linking arms across Northern NSW to celebrate 30 years of helping families with a seriously ill child.

We want to show families that we are all in this together and their community support them. That while we provide them with a home away from home, people, just like you, are also willing to provide a helping hand during their greatest time in need.

How you can help

While social distancing has forced us apart, we are bringing people together by linking arms across Northern NSW. By coming together, we can demonstrate how the wellbeing of just one family, one seriously ill or injured child, touches everyone.

From now until 31 March, you can join in the celebrations by sending in a photo of you with your arms open to families in need.


Share your open arms, it’s easy.

Just complete the details below and upload your photo with your arms open.

Tips on how to take your photo

Follow the steps below.

  1. Open your arms wide so they are in line with your shoulders, palms facing toward the camera.
  2. Take the photo from your waist up. Making sure your arms are in the picture.
  3. Make sure you take your photo in a horizontal format.
  4. Submit your image and link with us!

Make sure your image file size isn't too big, or it won't upload. 

Meet Poppy

Poppy is a little girl with a whole lot of fight. Poppy’s mum and dad, Casey and Murray, received the devastating news that their six-year-old daughter had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia on Valentine’s Day in 2018.

Over the past three years, Poppy has visited Ronald McDonald House Charities in Newcastle on multiple occasions so she can continue to receive the medical care she needs. Just last month, Poppy received the amazing news that her treatment has been successful and she should no longer need the support of our house.

Poppy's family wanted to show her support for other families who need a home away from home by opening her arms. Can you show your support too?

Read Poppy's story here