TODD Baker’s distinctive red footwear blazed a 370km trail from Margaret River to Nedlands as part of the WA Ride for Sick Kids last week.
The Melville resident and chairman of the Red Shoe Society was one of 36 riders to complete the ride in support of Ronald McDonald House.
The Red Shoe Society seeks to engage, empower and inspire young professionals to participate in philanthropic and leadership endeavours and build awareness of Ronald McDonald House.
Taking the helm of the group was a natural step for Mr Baker, whose father Glenn was a foundation member of the House of Life Group that established Ronald McDonald House Perth as a joint venture in 1990.
“My older brother Adam had leukaemia when he was three and it was my parents’ experience with having a child undergoing treatment for a serious illness that really stoked their passion for a facility like Ronald McDonald House,” Mr Baker said.
“It’s always been dad’s mission to make the house bigger, better and stronger to ensure as many WA families as possible have a place to call home if they have a child who is unwell.”
That passion has been handed down from father to son, with Mr Baker concentrating his efforts on the next generation of philanthropists.
“Ronald McDonald House has always had the support of a massive corporate network, so the aim of the Red Shoe Society is to ensure young people are aware of the facility and how important it is for years to come,” he said.
By providing a home away from home, Ronald McDonald houses allow families to stay with their sick children while receiving hospital treatment.
In the first six months of 2016, Ronald McDonald House Perth provided more than 5000 nights of accommodation to just over 500 families.