Draw strength from others facing similar challenges

Our Families

The strength and courage of our families is an inspiration and over the years Ronald McDonald House Charities has welcomed thousands of families from all over New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Each year around 3700 families call our Houses home.

There is no better way to understand the value of our House than hearing from our families directly so some of our family ambassadors have shared their story with you highlighting the different circumstances which bring families to Ronald McDonald House and what their stay meant to them.

The Paggao Family, Auckland

Cindy and Noel Paggao were faced with potentially life-changing news when they were told that their 1-year old son Noah had Sinus Venous ASD (a hole in his heart).

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The Meads Family, Ngakuru

“Frank thrived when he saw his brothers. When he had ward leave and he was able to come to the House and be with his brothers, he was himself again” It was a big year for the Meads family through diagnosis, a new baby and their eldest son starting school. However the most important thing for the family was being able to stay together and therefore remain strong.

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The Gallagher Family, Rotorua

“You can’t ever underestimate the value of this House and the support, it’s just amazing.” The Gallagher family stayed with us on and off for two years, and even though they are no longer here with us they continue to support the house through raising funds and awareness in their local community, a reflection of their gratitude.

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The Buchanan Family, Kohukohu - Hokianga

“It’s a paradise in the middle of the city” The Buchanan family arrived at Ronald McDonald House when their daughter Winsom was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. The family has been overwhelmed by the support they continue to receive at the House.

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The Corbin Family, Te Awamutu

“The House has helped us to be a ‘normal’ family and made it so much easier to look after Ollie, this place has become like my home.” The Corbin family, originally from Wellington, first came to our Ronald McDonald House in Auckland just before their second son Finn was born. The family still visit our House on occasion for check-ups.

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The Tamihere Family, Kawerau

“My treatment was long and I couldn’t go home to Kawerau for almost a year, it would have been harder if I didn’t have my family!” The Tamiheres first arrived at Ronald McDonald House in 2014 after Mikaera underwent surgery for a Bone Marrow transplant. Mikaera has since made a long but steady recovery and has become a vocal advocate for our charity. 

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The Anderson Family, Waipukurau - Hawke's bay

“RMHC allowed me to focus all of my energy on my son and his care.” Ronald McDonald House Charities played a special part in the Anderson families life, supporting them for the first seven years of Lochie’s life.

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The Ferris Family, Nelson

“RMH is the best place in the world to be when your world has been turned upside down” While the Ferris family was in Auckland, Robyn described the support they received from Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) as incredible. No matter how bad your day was, the staff was always there to support you.

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