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Ronald McDonald House gets $90K backyard blitz

Ronald McDonald House is now able to provide a great backyard experience for the 900 children and their families who call the House home due to serious illness or injury.
Ronald McDonald House Northern NSW CEO Ross Bingham said the outdoor play area was the vision of House Manager Alison Wellings. “Before the renovations this area consisted of woodchips, a few trees and a brick path, now it is a vibrant family friendly area. The new barbeque area also allows parents to socialise together while watching their children play in the safe and secure environment.”
The backyard renovations were funded via a $90,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation. Red Gum House Incorporated, the association that operates Ronald McDonald House programs in Northern NSW, received the funding to construct the playground, which includes a BBQ area, herb garden and fort to encourage active play.
Local charity and not-for-profit organisations are invited to apply for the next Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation funding round, which closes on Friday 17 October 2014. To make an application for a grant or to obtain further information, go to