THE PERTH Ramble is back and raising funds to support families staying at Ronald McDonald House in Perth.
Jackson from Kununurra suffered spinal injuries while swimming in a waterfall with his brother.
His mother Cheryl spoke about her family’s experiences at the House.
“I had heard so much about Ronald McDonald House and the amazing work they do for families but it wasn’t until my son had an accident that I truly understood the wonderful experiences they create for sick children,” she said.
“My son had spinal injuries from a traumatic accident in Kununurra and it was very daunting being flown to Perth with the (Royal Flying Doctor Service) in the middle of the night.
“After receiving excellent care at PMH he was finally discharged and as we live a great distance from Perth, our nurse booked us in to stay at the House for two nights.
“It blew me away the services and the professionalism of the House; it’s kid heaven! We now have regular appointments and my son looks forward to coming to stay there.
“We never expected to need to use the House, but we felt comfortable and at ease and it makes a traumatic and terrible experience that bit easier.”
This year the Perth Ramble aims to raise $60,000 for Ronald McDonald House Perth through registrations and funds raised by participants.
Organisers say the event combines “the adventure of a treasure hunt with the fun of an amazing race”.
Scoopon have teamed up with the event providing prizes throughout the day for competing teams.
Friends, family, colleagues and all levels of fitness can participate and win prizes throughout the day.
Teammates will have three hours to walk around the city, uncovering secret locations and solving puzzles while discovering more about Perth.
Ronald McDonald House Perth chief executive Peter King said the charity was excited to be part of the Ramble this year.
“We’re thrilled to be working with the Mill Point Rotary Club Committee and grateful to be the event’s main beneficiary,” he said.
“Funds raised by the participants of the Ramble will be donated to the House and help us on our mission to create extraordinary experiences for families with a seriously ill child.”
Register as a team online and on the day at www.perthramble.com.
The Perth Ramble takes place on Sunday 2 April, 11am-2pm.