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Home for Dinner

The joy of cooking together, for WA’s seriously ill children and their families.

A home cooked meal is often taken for granted and it’s for that reason we set up ‘Home for Dinner’. The program invites you to cook a meal from the heart, for the families staying at Ronald McDonald House Nedlands and Perth Children’s Hospital.

After a long day by their child’s hospital bed, cooking a meal may be the last thing on a parent’s mind. By simply preparing a homemade dinner for our families, you can ease the burden of a difficult journey.

Each year, we will provide 50,000 lovingly home cooked meals for WA families in our care.  Join us for a very special giving experience to share with your colleagues and friends.

How Does It Work?

1. Select a date and register your booking date.

2. Payment of your contribution fee is required upfront, so we will be in touch to take your credit card payment. Corporate contribution fee is $1,500 (ex GST), Community Groups contribution fee $1,000 (ex. GST)

3. If you feel like taking full advantage of the experience, please feel free to choose your own theme to ‘dress up’ in. This is always a big hit with our families!

4. Arrive at our Nedlands House by 3pm on your selected date. There’s no need to bring anything but your team members!

5. Enjoy a beautiful tour of our Nedlands House.

6. Complete a kitchen induction with our catering supervisor and run through the dinner menu you will be preparing for our families.

7. Get slicing, dicing, mixing and cooking!

8. Dinner service begins at 5.30pm. Help serve your home-cooked meal to our families.

9. We’ll invite you to sit down at approx 6.30pm to enjoy your meal! It also gives you the chance to chat to the families who you’ve cooked for.

10. All-important clean up! Wrapping up at approx. 8.00pm.

From 1st January 2024, the Home For Dinner program fee will increase to $1,500 for corporate and $1,000 for community teams. This is the first time in 8 years RMHC WA has increased the fee and it’s reflective of the cost increase in service provision we are experiencing.
Your ongoing support will allow RMHC WA to provide a nutritious evening meal every day for Western Australia families with sick children.

Photograph of 2 participants of the Home for Dinner program in the kitchen
Photograph of a child in eating dinner in the dining room at Ronald McDonald House Nedlands
Photo of a volunteer serving a child dinner

Please note note: minimum age for participation in the Home for Dinner program is 16 years.

Photo of Ausdrill team in the dining room of Ronald McDonald House Nedlands


“Thank you for helping make our experience so easy. We had the most amazing time. Our Catering Supervisor was excellent, very professional and helpful”

“To hear about what some kids are going through when they should simply be having fun and enjoying their childhood definitely touched you. However the continued positive attitudes by the parents, gratitude and thanks for small wins was something to behold. There were some amazingly strong people that we met despite the challenges some of the families were facing, they were still able to smile. I appreciate the efforts of the team for being involved and hope everyone felt good about giving a bit of their time to ease the burden on the families, simply by cooking them dinner.” Roy Coates, Chief Operating Officer, Barminco


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Acknowledgement of Country

Ronald McDonald House Charities WA proudly cares for families on Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this land, the Noongar People and the Traditional Custodians, the Whadjuk People.

We pay respects to Elders past and present for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Indigenous Australia.