24 years ago in 1993 a local Central Coast mother was staying at Ronald McDonald House with her sick son when the Manager suggested she start a 'volunteer fundraising group' on the Central Coast to help other parents with their accommodation bills. These families all have seriously ill children with prolonged illness (a very large proportion are cancer patients, others with organ transplants and premature babies with life threatening health issues.
Not everyone is aware that there is a $33/night fee to stay at the Ronald McDonald Houses. As an example, following a bone marrow transplant a child needs to be isolated for some 6 weeks before returning home to the Central Coast. Bills for thousands of dollars would financially ruin young families. Central Coast families do not qualify for any government assistance as only families more than 100 kms away from the treating hospital are eligible.
In the 2017 financial year financial year we have 292 families on our books and have paid out in excess of $326,479 with accommodation, high cost prescription items, specialised formula’s, quality of life equipment and travel expensesSo far in the 2017/2018 financial year we have 164 families on our books and have paid out in excess of $124,291-79 with accommodation, high cost prescription items, specialised formula’s, quality of life equipment and travel expenses.
On the 8th February 2017 'Freemasons' from Lodge Saratoga of the Gosford Masonic Centre presented a donation for $2000.00 to the Central Coast Kids in Need Inc.
Central Coast Kids in Need representative Lorraine Churchill (Far left), Freemason Andrew Kfoury presenting cheque