Ronald McDonald House now a home for children in need

Adam Gilchrist in the roof garden at the new Ronald McDonald House in Nedlands.
Adam Gilchrist in the roof garden at the new Ronald McDonald House in Nedlands.

RONALD McDonald House Charity (RMHC) patron of 15 years Adam Gilchrist has seen the transformation from a “humble” house through to the “five-star quality” of the new facility.

Last Friday, Premier Colin Barnett opened the $27 million house, which can accommodate up to 220 people and 47 regional families a night.

Former Australian cricketer and Subiaco resident Gilchrist said it was an extraordinary building.

“It’s absolute five-star quality,” he said.

“It is what it should be for families in these times of adversity and it’s not just the children with the illness that are catered for but their siblings and parents as well, with learning and teaching rooms so they can continue school work.

“No detail has been forgotten.”

The former house opened in Subiaco in 1990 to provide accommodation for country families whose children were undergoing hospital treatment.

Gilchrist said the number of volunteers on opening day impressed him.

“Not taking away from how amazing this facility is but no matter where it is, we’ve worked for 25 years in Subiaco in much more humble premises than this and it’s still been a beautiful and amazing healing facility,” he said.

“There are so many people corporately, privately and publicly who donate money and it’s all relative but some people don’t have the money to hand over so they donate something much more valuable and that’s time, emotion and love to this great facility.”

Families will move into the new four-storey building this week.