Over 11,500 Families provided with “home-away- from-home” since 1987
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Hawaii (RMHC-Hawaii) is marking three decades of assisting families with seriously ill children from the neighbor islands and throughout the Pacific Rim who must travel to Oahu for treatments. A year’s worth of festivities, events and outreach efforts are
scheduled to create awareness of the services available and to give thanks to all who have supported the charity since its inception.
RMHC-Hawaii opened its first house on Judd Hillside Road in Manoa Valley on March 27, 1987 and added a second Ronald McDonald House on Oahu Avenue in 2006. The two Houses operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and together have provided a “home-away- from-home” for more than 11,500 families. The Ronald McDonald House Family Room at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children opened in 2003 and provides respite and assistance for more than 9,000 people annually.
“Over the years, there have been countless moments that have touched us deeply, reminding us of the important work we do,” said Jerri Chong, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii president. “The Ronald McDonald House provides a supportive environment for families caring for children who are undergoing treatments for illnesses. We are so appreciative of our donors, volunteers and staff that make it possible to care for these families. To them we say mahalo. We have had the opportunity to serve families from all over the state and Pacific Rim and look forward to the next 30 years of providing assistance.”
McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawaii has been a longtime supporter of RMHC-Hawaii and its mission. Nationally, the partnership between McDonald’s and Ronald McDonald House Charities and its programs dates back to the inception of the charitable organization in Philadelphia where the first house opened in 1974. In Hawaii, the idea to create a “home-away- from-home” for seriously ill children and their families began in 1982 when a group of parents of previously hospitalized children, medical personnel, business people and representatives of various community nonprofit organizations recognized the overwhelming need in Hawaii for temporary lodging for the families of children hospitalized with serious life-threatening illnesses. Based on this need, a hugely successful capital campaign was launched and the Judd Hillside House was opened.
“I remember the opening of the first House like it was yesterday,” said Miles Ichinose, McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii owner/operator. At McDonald’s we understand the emotional stress and financial burdens that families go through caring for seriously ill children so we wanted to make a difference. Myself and the other McDonald’s of Hawaii owner/operators decided to personally co-sign for the loan to build the Judd Hillside House and it was the best decision we ever made. Since then, we have assisted in making sure that we play a key role in the financial sustainability of both Houses whether it is through the RMHC donation canister program, Happy Meal® and Mighty Kids Meal® donations or McFun-Raiser booklets. To see how the Ronald McDonald House has flourished – and to hear about all of the lives the organization has impacted – is remarkable.”
The organization will be celebrating with events scheduled at major shopping malls throughout the remainder of 2017 on Oahu, Hawaii Island, Kauai and Maui. Details can be found below and at www.ronaldhousehawaii.org:
- Kona Commons Shopping Center – March 25, 9 a.m. to noon
- Kahala Mall – March 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Kapolei Commons – April 8, 9 a.m. to noon
- Prince Kuhio Plaza – May 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Queen Kaahumanu Center – June 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Kukui Grove Center – August 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Windward Mall – September 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Pearlridge Center Uptown II – September 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.