HOBART’S Ronald McDonald House (RMH) received a generous helping hand recently when the Hobart Football Club donated funds to aid in the charity’s mission to provide temporary accommodation for families with sick children being treated at the Royal Hobart Hospital.
The donation was made possible through a dedicated RMH fundraising football game, held on Good Friday between Hobart and New Norfolk.
The club used the “Support Ronald McDonald House Day” to run a raffle at the gate and collect donations from supporters and spectators.
Hobart Football Club president Russell Young said the club was now focused on becoming more active in the community and helping various charities.
“As a football club, we are an integral part of the community and we wanted to start giving back to that community,” he said.
“Making donations is something quite new and exciting for us and it also helps our players become more aware of what is out there and going on around them.”
Mr Young said that to get a better understanding of the importance and essential services provided by the “good people” running RMH, the club’s seniors players and officials made visits to the house prior to the fundraising game.
“This was so they could learn how the parents of seriously ill children are supported with accommodation while their children are being treated at Hobart’s nearby hospitals,” he said.
“Our players definitely took notice of the wonderful work being done and are now quite passionate about the cause.”
Mr Young presented a cheque to the RMH in May, which incorporated public donations, raffle proceeds and donations from the Hobart Football Club funds.
RMH manager Carla Yahaya said community donations made up more than a one third of the organisations income.
“This contribution from the Hobart Football Club is just so generous,” she said.
“It doesn’t matter what a donation consists of, any contribution allows us to consider doing things for families that we haven’t been able to do before.
“As a result of this donation, we will now be able to look at purchasing new baby equipment, such as prams and basinets, which are essential to the services we provide.”
Mr Young said the Hobart Football Club was now planning to make the Ronald McDonald House game an annual fundraising event.
“This will not only raise money for a wonderful service, but also spread awareness of the crucial work they do,” he said.
The Hobart Football Club is a senior Aussie Rules club based at the TCA Grounds on the Queens Domain, Hobart.
For more information on the Hobart Football Club, visit www.hobartfc.com.au.
For more information about the Ronald McDonald House, visit www.rmhc.org.au/our-programs/houses/hobart.
Caption: From left, Ronald McDonald House (RMH) resident and grandmother Direne Upston, RMH manager Carla Yahaya, Hobart Football Club president Russell Young and resident and mother Katie Nobes at the official cheque handover.