21 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 2015/2016 financial year financial year we have 249 families on our books and have paid out in excess of $327,897-00 with accommodation, high cost prescription items, specialised formula’s, quality of life equipment and travel expenses.
This year sees Central Coast Kids In Need celebrate our 21st Birthday and Sharon from Shooga Cakes at Shelley Beach kindly donated this beautiful cake for use to celebrate at Annual General Meeting today.
Please look Sharon up on her facebook page and see some of the wonderful creations she has made or call her on 0428 249 701.