2,100 families will be able to stay at the house each year.
VANCOUVER, June 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Ronald McDonald House B.C. & Yukon and
Premier Christy Clark today celebrated the groundbreaking of a new
larger $28.8-million house on the campus of B.C. Children's and B.C.
Women's Hospitals. This new LEED Gold facility will be completed by
late fall 2013 to serve a greater number of families across the
province whose children are undergoing medical treatment.
"Our government is proud to support the invaluable work of Ronald
McDonald House. This new facility will help an estimated 2,100 B.C.
families every year during the most difficult circumstances a parent
could ever imagine," said Premier Clark. "The house allows families
that are travelling from across the province for treatment at B.C.
Children's Hospital or Sunny Hill Health Centre to stay together,
easing the emotional and financial strain for parents so they can focus
on supporting and caring for their child."
"The new house will be a long-term investment in the community, and help
more than 20,000 B.C. families in the first 10 years alone," said
Richard Pass, CEO of Ronald McDonald House B.C. & Yukon. "Thank you to
our major donors including the Province of British Columbia. Without
your support, this dream wouldn't be possible. We will be able to serve
so many more families and continue to never turn away a family in
Ronald McDonald House B.C. & Yukon in Vancouver serves families from
B.C., Yukon and Western Canada. The facility serves as a vital resource
for families with children undergoing treatment at B.C. Children's
Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children.
"Our son Jasper was diagnosed with a brain tumour in November 2011.
Immediately we were facing both the threat to his life, which was
devastating, but also the problem of where to live during his
treatment," said Barb from Powell River. "We started living at Ronald
McDonald House in the middle of December and discovered this wonderful
home where we can spend all our energy focused on Jasper without the
worry about the cost of accommodation. We receive many meals and
groceries and the support of volunteers and other families who
understand the ups and downs of this journey. But the most important
thing is that it has given Jasper a home where we can all be together
and where he can make friends who relate to him and still let him be a
"Hopefully we will be finished treatment soon and be able to go home.
But we will always have another home and family here at the Ronald
McDonald House and we will never forget the gift and the blessing of
the House that Love Built."
Each year, approximately 400 families call it 'home'. In the past five
years, 2,147 families have been welcomed to the house. The new Ronald
McDonald House B.C. & Yukon will be able to serve 2,100 families in one
The house eases the emotional and financial strain of being away from
the comfort of home and allows families to fully concentrate on giving
love and support to their children. This, in turn, enhances the medical
outcomes of treatment while strengthening the families that are facing
very real and difficult challenges.
With the help of British Columbians, this will truly be a house that
love built. Approximately 20 per cent of the $28.8-million project
still needs to be raised through donations. For information on how to
donate, call 604-736-2957 or visit: https://www.rmhbc.ca/newhouse/donate.
For a virtual tour of the new house, visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkBXJIzMzR0. Follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/rmhbc and Twitter twitter.com/RMHBC).
SOURCE Ronald McDonald House B.C.
For further information:
Chief Executive Officer
Ronald McDonald House B.C. & Yukon