26 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 $46-$65/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 2018/2019 financial year financial year we have 354 families on our books and have paid out in excess of $430,441-34 with accommodation, high cost prescription items, specialised formula’s, quality of life equipment and travel expenses.
Over the past 14 years we have assisted 2627 families and outlaid in excess of 3.2 million.
McDonald Jones Foundation donates Central Coast Kids in Need a $10,000 Grant.
Wyong Leagues Club - Wyong Roos Foundation donated $35,000 Donation!
Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation CCKIN donates an $44,000 Grant towards our “Born to Live Program".