Young Adults Group co-ordinate our small
service outreach at Princess Margaret Hospital's
Ronald McDonald House.
Once every two months we provide an evening meal
for the parents and children who are in
residence in the house. The Centre is very
grateful for the dedicated core group of
members and informal associate members who
are so generous with the meal and so giving
of their love and energy.
The recipients of this service from our
Centre are families who come from the country
or interstate with a very sick child in
need of hospitalisation. Often with an illness
such as cancer their hospital stays can
be as long as long as 12 months.
This is often an upheaval for other children
in the family if one parent has to stay
with the sick child. It puts strain on relationships
and can cause financial stress.
weary parents who have spent all day sitting
by sick children in hospital or anxiously
awaiting results of tests or surgery on
their sick child - the very last thing they
want to do is cook a meal. After cooking,
we sit down and share a meal, listen and
provide a tiny space for them to just be.
This Outreach has a Dual Purpose
1). The preparation time between 5pm and 6:30pm is a great way
for those who are providing the meal to
meet, have a glass of wine and work together
to have the meal ready to serve at 6:30pm when
the parents and children start to come in
from the hospital. There is nothing like
a shared and focused task to join, build
and strengthen our connection with each
2). The small space and holding we provide
in the midst of an often fearful and chaotic
day for the families is 'Service in Action'.
If you would like to be informed about upcoming Ronald McDonald House evenings please email email@example.com for more information.