Last month, Kennedys Accountants launched the ‘Giving Back Project‘, giving us the opportunity to focus on a charitable organisation from a selection requested by our team members.


We will aim to bring more awareness, support, financial donations & education for these incredibly well deserving and invaluable organisations each month.
This month, our amazing team member Shayla McKeown has nominated Ronald McDonald House Charities as the focus for our August charity.

Founded in 1974 in Philadelphia, USA, Ronald McDonald House Charities began with a single-minded and powerful goal: to provide a House where the families of children in hospital could get some rest away from the ward.

Today, RMHC is truly global, with 378 Ronald McDonald Houses in 62 countries and regions across the world.


In 1981 children’s charities were forever changed in Australia when the first Ronald McDonald House opened its doors in NSW. Since then, the charity has grown to 18 Houses across the country as well as 18 Family Rooms, 5 Family Retreats, One Care Mobile and our National Learning Program.

When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, it impacts the whole family. Lives can be turned upside down. That’s why they provide a range of programs to help families stay together and close to the care they need.


Currently, in Australia there are the following RMHC sections established:

18 Ronald McDonald Houses – Keeping families under the one roof and close to the Hospital. Families often have to travel far from home to receive the medical care their child needs. Our 18 Houses provide essential care and support for families, only steps away from the hospital.

19 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms – A comfortable place for families to rest and recharge in hospital.Take a break from the ward in one of our 19 Family Rooms across Australia.   Located in Women’s and Children’s Hospitals and just moments away from their child’s bedside, carers can make a cup of tea or a meal, take a shower, or simply rest.

5 Family Retreats – Holiday accommodation to relax and reconnect. Their 5 Family Retreats in idyllic locations give families with a seriously ill child, or those grieving the loss of a child, the opportunity to take a break and spend some much needed time together.

Ronald McDonald Learning Program – Helping sick kids catch-up on missed education. With a Learning Program in each Australian State and Territory, they help over 1300 students every week catch-up on missed education, making the return to school less stressful. In addition, their EDMED program helps ensure teachers are well equipped to support seriously ill children returning to school.

Click here to see all their other fantastic programs for Australian children & their families:

How can you support?

Make a financial contribution to RMHC today:

Become a part of their volunteering team:

Host a fundraiser with family or friends:

Become a corporate partner:

Give through your workspace:


Learn more about the fantastic and valuable Ronald McDonald House Charity today, click here to visit their website:

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