The House that Love Built
Asia’s first Ronald McDonald House® was built in Hong Kong in 1996. The House is the cornerstone project of RMHC, which is a not-for-profit making organization. Only a 4-minute walk from the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin, the House provides comprehensive facilities including 23 bedrooms, kitchen, library, computer room, dining room as well as an isolation suite specially for child patients after bone marrow transplant operation. Besides offering temporary shelter for families while they go through the most challenging time in their life, the House is also full of love and care.
1996 – Grand Opening
1997 – First Family Check in
1999 – No. of voulunteers: over 1,500
2002 – Families served : Over 500
2008 – Renovation & Room Expansion Project started. No. of Bedrooms increased from 20 to 23 with 1 isolation suite
What is its purpose?
Sick children need more than good medical attention. They need emotional support from their parents, brothers and sisters. Families, in turn, need comfort as they find their day-to-day problems are often compounded. They may have travelled a distance for medical care, and may have to pay expensive accommodation costs. Ronald McDonald House provides a resting-place in lieu of hospital corridors and floors, and is a source of additional strength and stability for families when a child is seriously ill.
Families we have served
Ronald McDonald House® has helped families from all over Asia in coping with the trials and tribulations of a seriously ill child. Here are just a few of their stories.
Mak Suet Ying
A House for Hong Kong
Asia ‘s first McDonald House was established in 1996 in Hong Kong. The 2,000 square metre site is a convenient four-minute walk from the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin, located on a quiet reservoir access road at the western edge of To Shek Village.
Your continuous volunteer support and steady donation not only helps our cornerstone project, Ronald McDonald House, but also allows us to develop more programs and make our mission more relevant.
Further to the “Read for Ronald”, to build a healthy, joyful “Green Child Green Life”
With the belief that one can bring positive changes to another’s life, we hope to build a healthy and blissful society along with the future owners of society – children. Therefore, we ride on the existing “Read for Ronald” reading program to encourage educate children, give them hope, and to build a green future.
Our planet is plagued with the horrors of global warming, pollution, poverty. We need change. We need our children and grandchildren to be able to enjoy the beauty of our planet. In order to make change happen, RMHC is currently promoting the “Green Child Green Life” educational program. In this program, children are taught to ‘live green’, and to build a sustainable environment for our future.
Second Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House has provided a homely and warm environment for over 1,200 families in the past 16 years. From having a shoulder to cry on, to a kiss-goodnight, when they are stuck in hospital, having family around can make all the difference. Therefore, RMHC of Hong Kong would like to extend more remote medical care home for sick children, in an away from home during the treatment.
In addition, a Ronald McDonald Family Room serves the similar purpose. It is an area set aside inside a medical facility serving pediatric patients intended to serve as quiet rest area for family members of children admitted to the hospital.