Ronald McDonald House Charities was founded in America in 1974. The charity was inspired by Dr Audrey Evans, an oncologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
She envisioned a place where families could live and get proper rest away from the ward while their children were undergoing treatment.
A local McDonald’s restaurant raised funds to build the first House, and in exchange, the charity was named “Ronald McDonald House”.
The first Ronald McDonald House in Australia was also made possible thanks to the generosity of local McDonald’s restaurants.
McDonald’s Corporate, Licensees and their customers have been our biggest supporters since the beginning and continue to provide unparalleled support to all our Chapters around Australia.
In 2019, over $10m was raised in Australia through our McDonald’s relationship
It’s not just McDonald’s generous financial backing, they are also avid volunteers and fundraisers for the charity. Their compassion, loyalty and support ensure we touch the lives of so many families, year after year. For that, we are eternally grateful.