Our Families – Inspiring Stories

The strength and courage of our families is an inspiration and over the years Ronald McDonald House Auckland has welcomed thousands of families from all over New Zealand and occasionally the Pacific. Last year alone over 2000 families stayed with us.

There is no better way to understand the value of our House than hearing from our families directly so some of our family ambassadors have shared their story with you highlighting the different circumstances which bring families to Ronald McDonald House Auckland and what their stay meant to them.

  The Ferris Family, Nelson 
“Ronald McDonald House is the best place in the world to be when your world has been turned upside down”

While the Ferris family was in Auckland, Robyn described the support they received from Ronald McDonald House Auckland (RMHA) as incredible. No matter how bad your day was, the staff was always there to support you. 

Click here to read more about the Ferris' journey with RMHA. 
  The Lea Family, Napier 
“He became independent at the House. He just thrives...”

For the past 14 years, Sam has called RMHA his ‘home away from home’ because of the support and friendship the House has given him. As Sam continues to make trips to Auckland, RMHA will always be a place to come home to.

Click here to read more about the Lea's journey with RMHA. 
  The Himona Family, Rotorua

“Ronald McDonald House is in our hearts all the time”

Te Wiroa was only 2 weeks old when he first arrived at Ronald McDonald House Auckland. His mum Juanita had taken her son to the doctor, back in their hometown of Rotorua, where it was discovered that Te Wiroa had a heart murmur. 

Click here to read more about the Himona's journey with RMHA.
  The Gillian Family, Invercargill  
"... all the fear and anxiety went away. We were greeted with arms wide open"

Despite being more than a thousand kilometres from home, the Gillans have adapted to life in Auckland. The pair attend school inside the National Children’s Hospital and they spend time as a family doing all kinds of activities.

Click here to read more about the Gillian's journey at RMHA.
  The Hapuku Family, Marton

“The people at the House are amazing; there is a true sense of community”

In the first few months of Peyton’s life, parents Santana and Richard were in bliss, adjusting to life with their beautiful new daughter. The next thing the Hapuku – Cross family knew, they were on their way to Palmerston North Hospital and then up to the National Children’s Hospital in Auckland.

Click here to read more about the Hapuku's journey with RMHA.

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