Parkes College Seniors Group donates hand crafted items and cheque to Ronald McDonald House Orange

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Orange Ronald McDonald House volunteer Elaine Curll was delighted to receive the donation from president of Parkes College Seniors Group Denise White at Ronald McDonald House in Orange. Photo: Submitted
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Orange Ronald McDonald House volunteer Elaine Curll was delighted to receive the donation from president of Parkes College Seniors Group Denise White at Ronald McDonald House in Orange. Photo: Submitted

THE community of Parkes continues to show wonderful support for Ronald McDonald House Orange with members of the Parkes College Seniors Group knitting and crocheting scores of hand crafted items for babies and children.

Group president Denise White made a personal visit to RMH in Orange last Wednesday morning to not only handover several bags of beautifully knitted and created items, but to present a cheque for $2000 to the Executive Officer, Rebecca Walsh.

"Our members just appreciate so much that families from Parkes can stay at the house while their child receives specialist treatment in Orange, and they have shown their generosity in his way," Mrs White said.

"We create all these knitted and crocheted baby and toddlers clothes and blankets through out Yarn Days group.

"We host these days once a week for people to come along and enjoy each other's company, while other people knit or crochet at home for us," she said.

RUGGED UP: Parkes baby Phoenix Cameron was given one of the jumpers knitted by Parkes residents which kept him warm during a cold snap at Ronald McDonald House two weeks ago, where he was staying with his mother. Photo: Submitted

RUGGED UP: Parkes baby Phoenix Cameron was given one of the jumpers knitted by Parkes residents which kept him warm during a cold snap at Ronald McDonald House two weeks ago, where he was staying with his mother. Photo: Submitted

The statistics showed that since the doors of Ronald McDonald House Orange opened in April 2015, 124 families from Parkes have stayed in Orange at Ronald McDonald House while their baby or child has received specialist medical attention at the hospital nearby.

This equates to 942 nights of accommodation.

"We are very proud of the fact we are able to provide comfortable and homely style accommodation free of charge for our families, who are often not in a position to pay for accommodation privately," Ms Walsh said.

"The members of the group headed up by Denise have been fantastic supporters of the house."

Ms Walsh said the group have been travelling over three or four times a year to drop off these beautiful items which they make up into gift bundles for parents with new babies, or for families with little ones.

The items donated included:

  • Knitted matinee jackets,
  • bootees,
  • mittens and bonnets, as well as,
  • toddlers jumpers,
  • hand knitted and
  • crocheted baby rugs.

Ronald McDonald House has a volunteer base of members of Orange and district who work at the house on a 24-hour a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year basis, supporting families from rural and regional NSW who come to Orange from an area that now covers 86 per cent of the state.

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