Ronald McDonald House families enjoy day on Rottnest Island

Ronald McDonald House families enjoyed a super day on Rottnest. Picture: Ross Swanborough.
Ronald McDonald House families enjoyed a super day on Rottnest. Picture: Ross Swanborough.

THE father of a teenager who suffered spinal injuries in a BMX accident has praised local businesses for supporting sick children and their families after a great day on Rottnest Island.

On March 1, 41 family members from Ronald McDonald House Perth created memories outside the hospital with a day of relaxation on Rottnest.

ADAMS Coachlines, Elevate Group, Rottnest Island Chamber of Commerce and Simmos provided the families with transport, tours and food for the day.

Neil Crombie, father of 15-year-old Cory, has been at RMHC for more than 10 weeks and said the day allowed his family to get their mind off medical related stress.

“We also have a 16-year-old daughter and my wife and I would come up from Bunbury and spend a lot of our time at the hospital,” he said.

“It was great to have all four of us spend the day at Rottnest together.

“Everyone on the day understood a different journey and were a massive support group helping with things like Cory’s wheelchair.”

The Rottnest Island Authority also provided a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony and packs with toy quokkas for the children.

Ronald McDonald House Perth chief executive officer Peter King said the families were extremely grateful to receive this day of respite and fun.

“We would like to thank all organisations involved in making this day such a success for our families,” he said.

“Without their generosity and support we wouldn’t have been able to provide such an extraordinary experience for our families.

“It’s fantastic to see local businesses coming together for the greater good.”

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