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HerCanberra Team

Everyone has a charity that’s close to their heart. 

Some hearts break for unloved and abused animals, stemming from a love of their own fur babies. For others, it’s community-based support networks that provide essentials for school children who don’t have much.

As we’ve written about before, a charity very close to the heart of HerCanberra’s founder and Director Amanda Whitley is Ronald McDonald House (RHMC).

“My family — and the family of a very close friend — have been personally helped by this amazing facility, which provides a range of support to seriously ill children and their families when they need it most.

“We spent a lot of time in NICU when our daughter was born 10 weeks early, and in the paediatrics ward of Canberra Hospital over the couple of years following. Ronald McDonald House was an invaluable refuge for me during the weeks I spent at Sophia’s bedside.”

Amanda's daughter, Sophia, was born at 30 weeks weighing just 1.4kg.

Amanda’s daughter, Sophia, was born at 30 weeks weighing just 1.4kg.

For those who haven’t heard of the RHMC before, their Canberra Chapter has been responsible for establishing Ronald McDonald House Canberra, a purpose built facility within the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children that acts as a retreat for the families of very sick children. This is no ordinary hotel room. The full kitchen is stocked with food, the beds are made and the bathrooms have complimentary toiletries.

The House acts as more than just a sanctuary, however. It’s not just a home away from home where doing housework isn’t a factor. For many, it’s literally a five-minute walk away from the bedside of their very ill child.

Little Maya Maguire. Image: Annette Audrey Photography.

Little Maya Maguire. Image: Annette Audrey Photography.

Maya Maguire, the daughter of our close friends Tash and Mark, was born in December 2011 with Rhabdomyosarcoma—a rare form of childhood cancer, never seen before in a newborn baby in Australia. From that moment onwards, their lives – and that of their young daughter Amelia – changed completely.

“Maya’s illness required surgery in Sydney, followed by chemotherapy from within a couple of weeks of being born—Ronald McDonald House in Randwick was a home away from home during her treatment, and RHMC fills that need for many families who find themselves in a similar situation in Canberra.”

So how can you help support Ronald McDonald House and the families that rely on it?

The Ronald McDonald Charity House and Lexus Canberra Gala Ball, taking place on 1 April, is Canberra’s premier Gala Ball and a fantastic night to celebrate – all in the name of charity. This year, the major raffle prize is a Lexus IS 200t, valued at $64,000.

However, if you’re not a ball-goer, you can still support RMCH from your very own couch! Tickets for the raffle are available to those not attending the ball – and at the same price too.

Tickets for this raffle are $20 each or six for $100, with only 10,000 tickets available and will be drawn on the night*.

To book your tickets for this great event or purchase a ticket in the car raffle, click here.

the essentials 

What: The Ronald McDonald Charity House and Lexus of Canberra Gala Raffle
When: The raffle will be drawn on the night, with the winner will be advised by SMS on Sunday 2 April 2017 and published in The Canberra Times, Wednesday 5 April 2017.
Where: They are near capacity for this event, however, if you are interested in purchasing tickets, please contact us on (02) 62815894 or [email protected]

*Terms and Conditions: The prize is not redeemable for cash. Prize can not be altered in any way. Proudly supplied by our major sponsor, Lexus of Canberra. Car colour white. Permit No ACT R16/00106


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