NEDLANDS’ Ronald McDonald House has launched its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), becoming the first house in Australia to embark on an official reconciliation journey.
For the last 25 years the charity has supported Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families, and the WA branch is the first of the 16 houses to begin a RAP.
Ronald McDonald House Charities WA chief executive Peter King said the group wanted to make all families feel welcome in the house.
“We believe in the benefits of cultural learning, respectful business practice, creating a culturally safe environment for Aboriginal families and opportunities for Aboriginal employment across the organisation,” he said.
Twenty seven per cent of families currently serviced by Ronald McDonald House in WA identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
So far this year, the organisation has embedded steps to reconciliation through a variety of moves including the new Kulunga Moort Mia Centre in Perth Children’s Hospital.
Reconciliation Australia chief executive Karen Mundine said the RAP would assist the organisation in developing its own unique vision for reconciliation.