14 Dec 2016
Ronald McDonald House South Island relies on the community for help to offer free accommodation and support to families of sick children whilst they undergo hospital treatment. So when Ronald McDonald volunteers reached out to Ara Institute of Canterbury last year, the institute was happy to help.
“We were looking for a playhouse for the kids and a new table in the computer room. This would have cost a lot of money, but with the help of Ara we received a beautiful playhouse and table. This way we had more time to focus on what we do,” says Fundraising and Communications Manager Ricki Jones.
The playhouse with one of the families.
The Ara Trades Youth Guarantee students built and painted a playhouse and a table as part of their six month career and tertiary education pathways course. The house is very popular.
“The kids love the playhouse. It is used every single day and the children are just pouring in and out of it,” CEO Ronald McDonald House South Island Matthew Mark says.
The Ara Trades Department was presented with a certificate, to thank the staff and students for all their hard work. Both parties would like to continue working together.
The Trades department receiving the certificate.
“This certificate is a great recognition of the work we’ve done so far. And we’ll definitely be working more together in the future,” Trades Head of Department Dennis Taylor says.
“Ronald McDonald House South Island is keen to work more with Ara as we are thinking about expansion. It helps us and provides practical opportunities for the students as well,” Ricki adds.
So far this year, Ronald McDonald House South Island has supported over 1,000 families with an average stay of eight nights.