Yvonne began volunteering in Newcastle 2 years before retirement and has now been assisting in both the House and J1 Family Room for 15 years. Yvonne is also an active member of our Friends of Ronald McDonald House fundraising group, helping with stalls, BBQs and other events. Yvonne loves volunteering and meeting new people. She says, “Being at the House is a great leveller, and makes you realise that some problems you have are not nearly as bad as other families have it.”
During National Volunteer Week we take the time to recognise and acknowledge the remarkable contribution volunteers make to each of the Ronald McDonald House Charities programs across Northern NSW.
Heather and Jill joined our team of amazing volunteers at Tamworth House over 9 years ago. They love the family atmosphere of the House and the opportunity to spend time and share a story or two with families.
Our fantastic volunteer Ruth has been looking after families at Ronald McDonald House for six years. Ruth works regularly in the House, on reception and helping with Meals From the Heart and loves volunteering.
Sandy, Jenny, Kris and Kim are just a few of our amazing ‘Monday Team’ of volunteers!
Deb doesn’t let distance get in the way of volunteering at the Family Room in Gosford, driving 50km 5 times a week to do her part for families
Denise has volunteered at Tamworth House since it opened its doors 10 years ago. Denise says “I had a grandson in John Hunter Hospital and my family needed Ronald McDonald House Newcastle. I will be forever grateful for their help and kindness, and wanted to give back by volunteering in Tamworth.” Denise really enjoys talking with the families who stay, and thinks that sometimes the families just like to talk about something other than the hospital, and what’s happening with their precious loved one.
Fay and Michael Hirst are two of our Volunteers in the Gosford Family Room. They have been with us for 5 ½ years. They chose the Family Room because the charity had such a good reputation in the community, and were delighted when the Family Room was opened.
These two Volunteers have so much empathy and compassion for the parents of sick children and they love to devote some of their spare time to the guests and to their needs.
Fay and Michael find that welcoming our families into the Room is rewarding and a huge privilege and they are very aware of the need to allow dignity to our guests regardless of culture and background. As long as they have personal comfort, warmth and something to eat, then Fay and Michael are happy.
They both intend to continue as Volunteers in the Family Room for as long as they can, and look forward to many more years of service.
John first visited Newcastle House 7 years ago and has been our Mr Fix It ever since!
Julie says she “loves meeting the families as they come through the door, and just making their day a little brighter.”
Judi has been volunteering in the Family Room since it opened in 2013. “Retirement is great, but I wanted to give something back to the community.”
While completing a Bachelor of Paramedicine in Port Macquarie, Elissa needed to complete a community volunteer placement and immediately she thought of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Having recently moved to town, Denise found she had time on her hands and wanted to give back to the community
Sue has been volunteering at Ronald McDonald House Tamworth for the last four years and is someone we can always count on when we need an extra hand at Easter, Christmas or overnight on the weekends.
Grace first began Volunteering in 2013 at the Ronald McDonald House in Newcastle, when she moved there for university studies.
Steve has been volunteering with the Family Retreat in Foster for about 12 years. Initially assisting Retreat founder Ross Pressgrave OAM with fundraising, but for the past 10 years Steve has taken up the role as Captain of the Retreats “SS Cooper”, a 4-metre boat donated and serviced by Barclay Marine in Forster.
Carrington who is a full-time student working 3 jobs still manages to make time every second week to give back to the community and volunteer in the Family Room
After retiring from a busy career as a teacher which included taking on the role of Convener for NSW Primary Schools Football and President of the Hunter Primary Schools Sports Association, volunteer Carey wanted to continue giving back to the community and volunteering at Ronald McDonald House appealed to him.
When husband and wife Warren and Lila aren’t travelling, they are volunteering at Ronald McDonald House each month and have been doing so since 200
Jillian and Emilie bring so much joy and fun to the Room when they Volunteer. They joined our team this year and are are both working or studying full time. Each month they make it a priority to come and be in the Ronald McDonald Family Room to help other