It was a red letter day for students at Calare Public School on Thursday when students dressed in red and donated money to support Ronald McDonald House.
Ronald McDonald House provides accommodation for families who have children receiving medical or mental health treatment at Orange hospital.
However, the annual fundraising ball was cancelled due to COVID-19 so the Calare students, as well as those from other schools, and businesses from across the Central West took part in the Wear Red Day fundraiser instead.
Ronald McDonald House and executive officer Rebecca Walsh said the number of participating groups has increased from the 26 last year, which was impressive given the number of people who are doing it tough this year.
"This year we are up to 60 but we know there's more clubs and businesses that have not registered," Ms Walsh said.
"It's a credit to the community and it's a credit to the clubs and organisations."
Julie Cox co-ordinated the school's Wear Red Day and said almost all the students wore red and they raised close to $700.
Although Denison College started the initiative three years ago, Mrs Cox said this was the first year Calare Public School has participated.
"We've got families that have utilised Ronald McDonald House in Sydney and have to go away for treatment," Mrs Cox said.
As well as working for the school Mrs Cox is also a night volunteer at Ronald McDonald House.
"It is just amazing support for families that have children in hospital," she said.
"If I was ever in that position I would love to have somewhere to go."
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