About Us

ORANGE CHAPTER

ABOUT US

The Ronald McDonald House Orange Chapter operates the following programs:

OUR HISTORY

After ten years we opened our doors to Ronald McDonald House Orange for our first family in April 2015.  Ronald McDonald House Orange has accommodation for 8 families.

The Orange Health Service, services Western NSW, and for specialist Mental Health Services Southern, Western and Northern NSW. The Hospital is one of the major rural referral hospitals in NSW and as its role in health care has grown, so too has the need for accommodation.  Many families further afield may choose to come to Orange Hospital for medical services Ronald McDonald House Orange will provide accommodation for the families of seriously ill children who access the Orange Hospital.

One of the services provided at Orange is a rural regional tertiary referral service for children and young people aged 0-16 yrs.

The Orange Health Service celebrated its four year anniversary in March 2015. During the planning phase for the Orange Health Service paediatric unit in particular, and the Women and Infants service (maternity),  the planning team anticipated the need for Ronald McDonald House beds to accommodate families of paediatrics, neonate patients for long term care.  In maternity, mothers of sick new borns who are not from Orange and surrounding communities are required to stay in the health service occupying a maternity bed, in order to care for their neonate hospitalised in the special care nursery. It is anticipated that both the paediatric and maternity service will continue to see an increase in service demand.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health is part of the new Orange Health Service with a catchment of 86% of NSW, with people travelling extensive distances.The Ronald McDonald House Orange site is a beautiful site, adjacent to the hospital, which is surrounded by playing fields, golf course and a swimming pool and has a canopy of established trees that attract many native species of birds and animals.  The House has been designed around the trees.

This project is totally a community project and has given a great sense of ownership to everyone who has contributed to this point.  Ronald McDonald House Orange has received enormous regional and local support including hundreds of fundraisers, large and small, corporate donations, support from McDonald’s franchisees, personal donations, service club donations and in kind support from the building industry and local excavation contractors.

OUR BOARD

Catherine Nowlan – Chair

Joanne Lewis – Vice Chair

John Thompson – Treasurer

Sharon Jones – Secretary & Public Officer

Geoff Lewis – Board Member

David Ironside – Board Member

Jason Hamling – Board Member

Mick Fabar – Board Member

Heather Robinson – Board Member

Malcolm Harrison – Board Member

Andrew Wannan – Board Member

Gary Barraclough – Board Member

Todd Bryant – Board Member

Nicole Pasquali – Board Member

David Léstrange – Board Member 

OUR STAFF

Rebecca Walsh - Executive Officer

Kellie Hughes - House Manager

OUR CHAPTER FUNDRAISING

PLEASE HELP US TO KEEP OUR DOORS OPEN

DONATE NOW

It’s quick and easy to do. You can donate as a one-off or you can become a regular donor.

FUNDRAISE FOR THE HOUSE

A great way to hold an event for a great cause. We welcome support from businesses, schools, clubs or individuals. Holding a Golf Day, Raffle, Morning Tea Gold Coin Donation, Dinner or another event are perfect ways to raise much needed funds.

IN KIND DONATIONS OR SERVICES

There are numerous ways to support the House with donated items or services. If you would like to know more about the items we need help with please contact the house directly.

IN CELEBRATION

If you have a special occasion coming up or are planning a party, why not consider a celebration donation. A great way for kids to consider giving back to the community by asking for gifts that can be donated to the House.

REGULAR GIVING

Through Regular Giving you are joining with a team of compassionate people who are inspired to help their community. By doing so, you are making an investment in future generations so that seriously ill children are given the support they need to get well and prosper.egular Giving

BEQUESTS

Find out how you can transform young lives by leaving a bequest in your Will.

EVERYDAY HERO

Set up an Everyday Hero page and dedicate your next run, walk or swim to us!

ROOM SPONSORSHIP

Room Sponsorship is an ongoing annual commitment, with funds being used to maintain, repair and upgrade facilities in your designated room.

PROJECTS

Contributing to a much needed project at the house.  If you would like to know more about our projects please contact the house directly.

HOUSE TOURS

Our door is always open. Your group, organisation or business is welcome to book a House Tour and see first hand how the support of the community is helping families whilst their child is receiving medical treatment. The House is a happy place to be and children are welcome on the tours. Light refreshments are available if required. House representatives are also available as guest speakers at your meetings or events

OUR CONTACT DETAILS

1502 Forest Rd, Park Drive on the Bloomfield Campus (near the Ex Services Golf Club House) Orange NSW 2800

PO Box 237 Orange NSW 2800

PH: (02) 6363 1960

FAX: (02) 6362 7187

EMAIL: admin@rmhorange.org.au