For the last six years, students of Oakleigh Grammar have had the opportunity to visit Ronald McDonald House Monash, which is located in Clayton, and learn about their programs and facilities offered to families.
Ronald McDonald Houses are attached to major women’s or children’s hospitals and provide a home away from home for seriously ill children and their families. As an independent charity they rely on their amazing volunteers and on generous financial help from the public to continue to extend their programs.
On Friday, 30 August, SRC members, Middle School Leaders and Social Justice Leaders from Junior School visited the Ronald McDonald House in Clayton. School representatives met with Ms Wood, responsible for all the volunteers working at the House as well as the fundraisers which are organised annually. Ms Wood showed the students around the centre, and took them to the families at the Children’s Hospital. Students and staff had the opportunity to discuss the benefits of these centres.
Students brought with them items of non-perishable foods and new toys donated by students and families.
The school’s student leaders saw this as a great experience and an opportunity to help others lead healthier, happier lives.