Wednesday, September 11

Keeping Pediatric Patients & Families Together at Ronald McDonald House Since 1999

The 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Ronald McDonald House at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM, KL, officiated by YABhg. Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali.
   
**This post is sponsored by McDonald’s Malaysia**

I wouldn’t wish this of anybody, but, if you ever find yourself, a family member or a friend having to seek pediatric care away from home, know that if you seek treatment at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz (HCTM) UKM in KL, you’ll be able to stay at the on-site Ronald McDonald House (RHM) for just RM5/night! FYI, there is also an RMH at Hospital USM in Kelantan. Thankfully, these houses are situated in the hospital compound itself & will go a long way to alleviating the burden of suffering families.

Back when it was launched in 1999, the RMH at HCTM-UKM was the first of its kind in the ASEAN region and since then it has become a home away from home for almost 1,300 families seeking pediatric care.

Facilities available at the Ronald McDonald House @ HCTM-UKM, KL
   

= FACILITIES =

Facilities available at the Ronald McDonald House in HCTM-UKM, KL, include 19 bedrooms, 57 beds, a dining room, a living room, a prayer room, a kitchen, a laundry room, a games room, a playground, a library, a mini gym, and a computer room. They also conduct various activities like Family Day, healthy cooking class, fitness classes, birthday celebrations for pediatric patients, as well as celebrations of various festivities.

= 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 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 =

You can help more get built and staffed by donating or volunteering. Apart from monetary contributions, RMHC Malaysia also receives various types of donations such as food, daily supplies, and household goods.   

The initial construction of the RMH at HCTM-UKM cost RM2 million, collected from donations by the public and corporations. Since then, the home has undergone renovation and repair works in 2004 and 2014. All these were made possible by contributions received from Malaysians through the RMHC Malaysia coin boxes placed in all McDonald’s restaurants nationwide, as well as through direct sponsorships. The spare change that you hate to carry around can be used change a child’s life.

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

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

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