FAMILIES staying at Ronald McDonald House Hobart got a sporty surprise last month when members of the North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos AFLW team hopped in to say hello.
Kangaroos senior coach Scott Gowans and players Moana Hope, Jess Trend, Jenna Bruton and recently drafted Tasmanian Libby Haines visited the House on 7 December, enjoying afternoon tea with families before rolling up their sleeves to dig in and help with the renovation of the rooftop garden area.
Adjacent to the Royal Hobart Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Hobart has been providing a welcoming, caring and supportive home-away-from-home for the families of seriously ill children since 1998.
“It’s always great to have groups of people visit the House, it allows them to understand what we’re dealing with and they can then help get the word out about what we do here,” Ronald McDonald House Hobart manager Chelsea Emery said.
“They can meet the families and see firsthand how we’re able to help them during their time of need.”
The Kangaroos players also helped Ronald McDonald House board director Corey Mingari present Tasmania’s annual Charlie Bell Scholarship to 18-year-old Hobart student Noah Donnelly, who lives with Cystic Fibrosis.
Noah recently completed his TCE studies thanks to support from the Ronald McDonald Learning Program, which is designed to help youngsters suffering, or recovering from, serious illness to catch up on missed education and integrate back into the school environment.
Noah plans to use the $5000 scholarship – named in honour of the first Australian McDonald’s Global chief executive officer Charlie Bell, who passed away at the age of 44 after a battle with cancer – to follow his dream of studying physiotherapy, specialising in treating young people with chronic medical conditions like Cystic Fibrosis.
“Noah is a very worthy winner,” Mrs Emery said.
“He’s been working really hard to get into university, getting tutoring through our Learning Program, and the grant will help him be able to go further with his studies.”
For more information about Ronald McDonald House, visit www.rmhc.org.
Caption: North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos AFLW players and coach with Noah Donnelly, recipient of the Charlie Bell Scholarship award.