About Us



Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) is an independent charity that helps families of seriously ill children. We help keep families together and close to the care their child needs.

The cornerstone program of RMHC, the Ronald McDonald House®, provides a ‘home away from home’ for families of seriously ill children being treated at nearby hospitals.  In 1981 the first Australian Ronald McDonald House opened in Sydney’s Camperdown. There are now 19 Ronald McDonald Houses in Australia and more than 360 houses worldwide.

Other programs include:

  • Ronald McDonald Family Room® - a relaxing haven within hospitals giving families a break from the stress of many hours spent by their child’s bedside.

  • Ronald McDonald Learning Program - helping more than 1,300 children on any given week catch-up on missed schooling following a serious illness.

  • Ronald McDonald® Family Retreat  - providing families with seriously ill children a week’s free accommodation at one of four family retreats across Australia, enabling them to reconnect and enjoy a holiday when they most need it and can least afford it.