Our Heroes

We are so lucky to have had the support of many wonderful individuals, communities and businesses over the years who have gone the extra mile for RMHC® New Zealand.

These House Heroes have reached out to their communities and raised both awareness and funds for our charity.

We wanted to thank each and every one of our House Heroes for playing a key role in helping us support families in New Zealand.

Supporter Spotlight: Rob and Linley Parry

Rob and Linley Parry have been incredible supporters of families in need of care for over two decades. Rob and Linley Parry…

Volunteer Spotlight: Krista Dudson

In 2015, Krista signed up to become a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House. After selling her own food business, she was looking for an outlet where she could combine her two passions: making food and helping people. Read more about the Auckland queen of the kitchens in this month’s Volunteer Spotlight.

Jill Hutchison

When Aucklander Jill Hutchison replied to a magazine ad calling for RMHC New Zealand volunteers 20 years ago, she never imagined she would become one of the organisation’s longest serving helpers. Jill is a true House Hero who over the years has helped in so many ways.

Rochelle MacArthur

RMHC New Zealand holds a special place in the heart of our Family Support Coordinator, Rochelle. Always one to go above and beyond, Rochelle challenged herself by running for Team RMHC New Zealand in the ASB Auckland Marathon in October 2018. She says, “the last time I ran was probably in P.E. class at high school, but nevertheless I trained hard! I wanted raise as much money as I could, so laced up my trainers and encouraged others to join me!”

Sean Bridge

Sean has been volunteering at our Wellington House for two years now, but his journey with the House started many years earlier. He was born with a condition which meant he had to spend a significant amount of time in hospital as a child, and his family were able to stay at the House while he received treatment.

Steve Bleakley

Steve had been looking for a way to give back to the community. After a bit of research he found the volunteer programme at Ronald McDonald House and thought it was the perfect match.  Steve could fit us around his work commitments and we could give him the ‘hands on’ experience he wanted. “After being shown around the House and seeing the facilities first hand I knew that it was for me” Steve says.

The Tebbutt family

Joseph and Sophia now think of Ronald McDonald House as their second home. So much so that Joseph decided to fundraise by undertaking a 5K wheel for the House, completing the distance in his wheelchair in just 1 hour and 15 minutes! With his whole community behind him, Joseph raised a fantastic $1970 for RMHC New Zealand.

Victoria Coleman

Victoria Coleman decided to volunteer for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) New Zealand after reading an advertisement calling for volunteers. Victoria has spent a lot of time in hospitals and was drawn to our charity as she wanted to help families going through their medical journey.

Mark Haslam

Mark is a a teacher at Kristin School and has worked closely with RMHC New Zealand to provide leadership and service opportunities for young Kristin students so they can see up close the benefits that their service provides.