Ronald McDonald House South Island
Westland Milk Products is a proud supporter of Ronald McDonald House South Island in Christchurch, in particular the Westland Room. Ronald McDonald House South Island helps support families while their children receive hospital care. More than 25% of families who spend time here are from the West Coast. It’s more than just somewhere to stay; it’s a home away from home. Ronald McDonald House South Island eases some of the practical worries by providing a home in a positive, supportive environment where families can concentrate on their child’s recovery.
“Without generous corporate supporters like Westland Milk Products we cannot continue to provide services to families and plan for the future. We are grateful to have committed sponsors who believe in supporting and being a part of their community.
We often get feedback from families who are so grateful to have stayed in the Westland Room, demonstrating just how valuable Westland’s Room Sponsorship is.
One such family was the Murphys of Greymouth, who spent 75 nights in the Westland Room while their daughter Tasja was being treated on the oncology ward. Mum Natasha Murphy told us, ‘It’s great to be home, but I do miss Ronald McDonald House South Island because it made our hard journey that little bit easier. It is a truly amazing place that we always call home when we are there!’
In 2013 the Westland Room provided 544 bed nights to 23 families in need. Of those, 32% were from the West Coast. This usage shows us how impactful this sponsorship is to families that utilise Ronald McDonald House South Island, and families from Westland Milk Products’ own community.” Emma Jones, CEO, Ronald McDonald House South Island