RONALD McDonald House in Nedlands has named its 2016 ambassadors for the Ronald McDonald House Charity Ball.
The charity announced the Nelson family from Kalgoorlie as this year’s ambassadors after they spent time in the house while their son Riley underwent treatment for chronic bowel disease.
Riley’s parents Tom and Natasha Nelson stayed at Ronald McDonald House to be near Riley during his treatment.
Mr Nelson said his family was excited to be the ambassadors for the event to help raise vital funds.
“When Riley was rushed to hospital, the staff were quick to organise a room for us at PMH Perth; it took the pressure off finding accommodation and we could just focus on being by Riley’s side,” he said.
“We are so thankful for the support we have received from RMHC and look forward to the 2016 Ball being a huge success to help regional families and their sick kids.”
All funds raised from the RMHC Ball will go directly to helping provide accommodation for WA families with sick children.
Mr Nelson said the charity also helped to provide education for Riley, while he was undergoing treatment.
“Riley has not been able to go to school with his illness, but the RMHC Learning Programs have helped him fill in the gaps in his education and we’ve seen major improvement in his confidence, which has been amazing,” he said.
The Ronald McDonald House Charity Ball will be held at Crown Perth on November 5.