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 Muliaina Family, Hamilton
“Mils and I will never forget our Christmas at Ronald McDonald House."

Baby Max was just three days old when diagnosed with a hole in his heart. The news came as an enormous shock for first-time parents Mils and Hayley Muliaina.

Click here to read more about the Muliaina's journey with RMHA...
  The Paggao Family, Auckland
Cindy and Noel Paggao were faced with potentially life-changing news when they were told that their 1-year-old son Noah had Sinus Venosus (or a hole in his heart)...

Click here to read more about the Paggao's journey with RMHA...
   The Jimmieson Family, Bulls
"When I come to Ronald McDonald House Auckland, there are many others going through similar situations which makes me feel better.”

Parents Hayden and Michelle have been on an incredible five year medical journey with their son Reece as it was discovered that he has the rare Goldenhar Syndrome, leaving one side of his body underdeveloped.

Click here to read more about the Jimmeson's Journey at RMHA
  The Leader Family, Waiheke Island
"It was a godsend,” says Vanessa.

Ronald McDonald House Auckland (RMHA) became a ‘home away from home’ for Vanessa Leader and her family from Waiheke Island when her son Lee, 8, needed care at the National Children’s Hospital.

Click here to read more about the Leader's Journey with RMHA
  The Platt Family, Auckland
"Being able to take family and friends to the family room for a cup of tea and a biscuit when you’re going through a hard time felt really good”.

Doting Single Mother from Three Kings Auckland Teresa Platt, found the Ronald McDonald House Auckland family room to be a salvation, in her baby’s fight for life in his early days.

Click here to read more about the Platt's journey with RMHA...
  The Tebbutts, Dargaville
"Being surrounded by people going through the same thing as you and who really
understand the trauma you're goining through is a great support..."

The Tebbutts have become regular guests at Ronald McDonald House Auckland since their son, Joseph, was born with a number of health complications requiring specialist medical services at Starship Hosital.

  Click here to read more about the Tebbutts journey with RMHA...

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