A golden voice supports a golden event

Hollie Smith lends her golden voice to support the charity

The soulful star performed fresh tracks from her brand new album, rather fittingly titled, Water or Gold. As an iconic Kiwi singer at the height of her career, Hollie was the perfect person to champion a cause which acts to support thousands of New Zealand’s families each year.

Hollie is a proud supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities and this week she visited the families staying at the Auckland House; this being a welcomed distraction for the families who spend most of their time focusing on their children’s recovery.

Roanne Hautapu understands what these families are going through all too well. She bravely shared her family’s story with the guests at the Red Shoe Ball. The Hautapu family first stayed at Ronald McDonald House in 2013 when it was discovered that their daughter Quinn, aged 7 at the time, had a brain tumour and required specialist treatment immediately. The family’s first stay lasted over seven months and they have had to visit several times since.

RMHC is the country’s leading family charity and takes care of more than 3,700 of New Zealand’s families each year. Ronald McDonald Houses endeavour to strengthen Kiwi families who are away from home with a hospitalised child, by ensuring they can remain together through the provision of free accommodation and support services. When a family faces the weight of a child’s illness, the best thing they can do is face it together. Because families are stronger together.

You can help RMHC in their mission to keep New Zealand’s families close by donating at



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