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Global History

Our first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia, PA, USA, in 1974, after recognizing the need for parents to stay close to their hospitalized child. As we opened more House Programs around the world, it became clear that caring for the family of a sick child was as important as caring for the child.

That was the beginning of our unique role as a children’s charity, enabling, supporting and facilitating family-centered care. Our Ronald McDonald House Programs, located near top children’s hospitals, allow parents who are far from home to stay close to their hospitalized child and benefit from the comforts of home without incurring hotel and food costs.

Ronald McDonald Family Room Programs offer a quiet respite for all families right in the hospital. And Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Programs bring fundamental medical and dental care to underserved communities.

 

Acknowledgement of Country

Ronald McDonald House Charities Western Australia respectfully provides its support to all Western Australian Families on Whadjuk Country. We acknowledge the traditional owners of Country throughout Western Australia. We recognise the continuing connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander to the sky, lands, waters, and culture. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present, and acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of the Noongar people.