Ronald McD
Ronald McDonald House
We were delighted to host Regan De Burgh as our guest speaker last week who gave us a detailed insight into the focus and operation of the local Ronald McDonald House (RMH) facility that we help support.
Regan previously worked with St John NZ followed by a management role with a large Australian retailer. After the quakes she decided to return to NZ and worked as the loyalty & marketing manager for Kathmandu plus ran a consultancy business. 
She came to realise that her true passion was the not for profit sector and is currently the Fundraising Advisor for the South Island operations of RMH. 
“Our local facility has 26 rooms and operates at 99.9% capacity” shared Regan which is a reflection of increasing need and how busy it has become.  It includes an outside park which is mostly used by family members while their child is in hospital.
Most families using the service come from the West Coast and Southland. When they are full the team accesses additional rooms at the local Y with these families using RMH facilities during the day.  As a result of these high levels of demand Regan is kept very busy seeking additional funding to support their sometimes hectic operation.
The most common referrals are for neonatal and high risk pregnancy cases.   “This is a reflection of many families having children later in their lives” shared Regan. They are also experiencing an increase in psychological issues.
“We are the only family focussed child centric facility in the South Island”, explained Regan, “and our goal is to keep families close so that all family members can be present as needed.”
In 2018, 1,208 families stayed for over 8,000 nights.  The average stay was 7 nights and the longest to date was 401 nights.  “We went through 6,204 litres of milk, 1,740 loaves of bread, and 4,620 toilet rolls which saves families $1,000 a week on average during their stay which is what it costs us to operate the facility” she explained.
It costs $140 a night to accommodate a family for a room and the team has to fundraise 100% of the operating costs.  They are assisted by a number of regular volunteers on some days and also rely heavily on community groups who contributed over $700,000 in 2018. 
NZ has one of the highest number of public charities and competition is high for donated funds.   “Unlike public perception we are not bankrolled by McDonalds” shared Regan. The team works very hard to source the funds it needs to operate successfully.
Many groups from a wide variety of organisations, including Papanui Rotary, help out on cook nights.  “This is really appreciated as you can’t price the value of a home cooked meal,” said Regan, “and the people, the food, and the conversation makes it feel like a 2nd home which is a real blessing.”
“We all learn a lot from the kids who are pretty much living in the moment” shared Regan. 
We thanked Regan for her insights into the operation of RMH and wished her and her team well for the great work this valuable facility provides to families.
The Community Committee
The following events present us with opportunities to put “Service above Self”.
Please put these dates in your diary now:
  1. Arthritis NZ Appeal 27th September
  2. Age Concern Parking 30 September
  3. Stroke Foundation Blood Pressure checks 5th October
  4. Pink Ribbon Appeal 11 October
  5. Papanui Rotary Trailer Raffle 17th Oct - 18th November
  6. Dementia Canterbury Appeal 22nd November
“Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time; they just have the Heart”
Elizabeth Andrew 
Lois shared that the recent Pink Ribbon Breakfast this year was a great success with 115,000 participants attending over 4,000 breakfasts throughout NZ.  Many thanks to the 25 who attended our Papanui Rotary event.
Our “special guest” violinist in action at last Tuesday’s Papanui Bush project clean-up morning.
Some snaps from our colleague Rob Nicoll’s travels to Alice Springs.
A picture from our morning social gathering at Reality Bites café in September.  Staff are affectionately calling it the New Zoo Hour.  Fancy dress next time perhaps?
Upcoming Events you are welcome to attend
Fraud and Scams
The Papanui
Sep 12, 2019
5:55 PM – 7:30 PM
Papanui High School Students Hospitality Course
Papanui High School
Sep 17, 2019 3:00 PM –
Sep 19, 2019 4:00 PM
Board Meeting
36 Mary Street
Sep 17, 2019
7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Junior School Speech Contest
Heaton Intermediate School
Sep 19, 2019
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Irrigation New Zealand - Facts and Fallacies
The Papanui
Sep 19, 2019
5:55 PM – 7:30 PM
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Meeting Responsibilities
Duty Roster 12 September 2019
Barltrop, Charles
Speakers Host
Van Beek, Verdi
Vote of Thanks
Courtney, Nick
Visitors Host
McMurtrie, Denis
Bates, Mandi
Meeting Setup
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner Setup & Room Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
Duty Roster 19th September 2019
Forsyth, Simon
Speakers Host
McFadden, Grant
Vote of Thanks
Courtney, Nick
Visitors Host
Flanagan, Lois
Thomson, Rob
Meeting Set Up
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner Setup & Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
Duty Roster 26th September 2019
Archbold, Doug
Visitors Host
Lumb, Angela
Meeting Setup & Tidy Up
McMurtrie, Denis
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