Our Ronald McDonald House success could be emulated all across NSW

ON TOUR: Executive officer Rebecca Walsh, volunteers MaryJo Weston and Rose Middleton and NSW deputy premier John Barilaro. Photo: MAX STAINKAMPH.
ON TOUR: Executive officer Rebecca Walsh, volunteers MaryJo Weston and Rose Middleton and NSW deputy premier John Barilaro. Photo: MAX STAINKAMPH.

The success of Ronald McDonald House in Orange could be replicated across the state after NSW deputy premier John Barilaro said he was open to providing government funding for similar projects. 

The Ronald McDonald House in Orange services families from over 80 per cent of the state and has housed 382 families over its three years in operation. 

Receiving a tour of the facility, Mr Barilaro declared it a “community success story” covering a huge area, with families from his own electorate of Monaro staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Orange during treatment. 

“Looking at the area the Orange house services including Forbes, Parkes and beyond, even down my way in the southern part of the state, so there’s probably a need for more houses like this across the state,” Mr Barilaro said. 

“If there is an opportunity for the NSW government to be involved at some point I’d be more than open to hear that. 

“What I’ve heard today is clear and it’s run by volunteers and without those volunteers this is not even possible so it’s been great to see what’s on offer here this morning.”

Ronald McDonald House Orange executive officer Rebecca Walsh said it had been “lovely” to have the deputy premier visit. 

“It’s been lovely to have John come out and see what this community has done, and hear about our volunteers and chat to our volunteers and learn more about the area Ronald McDonald house supports,” she said. 

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