Monday, August 26

Stay With Your Hospitalized Children For RM5/Night at Ronald McDonald House

Facilities available at the recently-launched Ronald McDonald House @ HUSM, Kelantan
  
**Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by McDonald’s Malaysia**

Good news, Kelantan (& those seeking treatment at HUSM)!

Recently, a Ronald McDonald House (RMH) was launched at Hospital USM (HUSM), Kelantan. If your child is warded at HUSM, you'll be able to stay at the on-site RMH for just RM5/night! There is also an RMH at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM (HCTM-UKM), KL, where parents, with children seeking treatment there, can also stay at for RM5/night. Having a child admitted to a hospital is already unbearable enough. Thankfully, these houses are situated in the hospital compound itself & will go a long way to alleviating the burden of suffering families.

At the moment, there are 370 Ronald McDonald Houses across the globe, with only 2 being in Malaysia. Ronald McDonald House Charities Malaysia (RMHC) was established in 1990, before the first Ronald McDonald House was built in 1999 at HCTM-UKM, KL. Last month, the second Ronald McDonald House at Hospital USM, Kelantan, had their grand opening.

The grand opening of the Ronald McDonald House at Hospital USM, Kelantan, by (left to right) Dato’ Mohd Amar Bin Abdullah, Deputy Chief Minister of Kelantan, Professor Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Sukari Halim, Director of the USM Health Campus, & Azmir Jaafar, President of RMHC Malaysia.
 


= FACILITIES =
Every parent would want to stay as close as they can to their ailing child when traveling for pediatric care. Fortunately, for those seeking treatment at Hospital USM (HUSM), Kelantan, the facilities available at the RMH include bedrooms for a maximum of 18 families at once, 72 beds, a dining area, a living room, a kitchen, a laundry room, a games room, and a Ronald McDonald Sensory Room with multi-sensory equipment to facilitate the development of special-needs children.


= TERMS & CONDITIONS =
Lodging at Ronald McDonald House is available to families with a child of 18 years or younger receiving treatment at the respective hospitals. They can fill an application form the Pediatric Ward itself and submit it to the hospital's Welfare Department for approval.

Priority will be given to families living the furthest away. Consideration will also be given to the child’s condition, with the most critical being prioritized, and the family’s social-economic background.


= HOW TO HELP =
We can help more RMHs get built and staffed by donating or volunteering. The Ronald McDonald House at Hospital USM was built with RM4 million, contributed by McDonald’s customers via the RMHC coin boxes at McDonald’s restaurants nationwide, business partners, McDonald’s employees, as well as franchisees.

Next time you visit McDonald’s, don’t forget to look out for the red boxes & contribute to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Your coins can change a child’s life.
The spare change that you hate to carry around can be used to change a child’s life. In the words of Professor Datuk Dr. Asma Ismail, Vice-Chancellor of USM, “physical and emotional support from family members are important factors that encourage recovery in pediatric patients. Having their families close to them on hospital grounds will spur them on to be happy and motivated for recovery.”

Donations can also be made via bank transfer or credit/debit card. For tax-exemption purposes, donations over RM50 will be issued a receipt.

Those who are interested in volunteering can contact RMHC Malaysia at 03-7843 3388 or go to www.rmhc-malaysia.my

Finally, do share this post so that the parents who follow you on socmed will learn of & make use of the services offered by RMHC, especially parents who have a child currently being treated at HUSM in Kelantan or HCTM-UKM in Kuala Lumpur

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