In 2020, RMHC New Zealand provided almost 3,700 families with accommodation and support free of charge at its facilities throughout New Zealand. It was the busiest year since the first New Zealand opening almost 30 years ago.
The Ronald McDonald House® and Ronald McDonald Family Room® programmes take care of the practical things in life so families can focus on their child staying in a hospital away from home.
This helps to relieve stresses like paying for a place to sleep near the hospital, organising family meals and needing a friendly ear to listen on tough days.
We are part of a global network which is now over 40 years old and RMHC has Houses operating in over 62 countries.
RMHC Founding Mission Partner since 1974
From the moment the first Ronald McDonald House was opened in Philadelphia, PA, the entire McDonald’s system has helped us support families with children in hospital by providing stability and vital resources.
McDonald’s franchisees, crew and customers collectively raise over $1.5 million for RMHC New Zealand each year. Their support extends from monetary contributions and volunteerism, to cause-related marketing promotions and the space to place RMHC New Zealand Donation Boxes that raise money for our Houses around the country.
However, the financial contribution is only one part of this proud partnership. What cements this partnership is the many volunteer hours donated by franchisees and crew – whether it is organising a fundraising event, collecting for a street appeal or rallying the community to raise funds for a new programme – helping RMHC New Zealand positively impact millions of children and their families.
Although the McDonald’s system is our largest corporate partner, RMHC New Zealand is an independent charity. RMHC New Zealand relies on the support of the entire community and greatly value the generous donations from the community and other corporate partners