Welcoming our new CEO, Mandy Kennedy


Ronald McDonald House South Island is pleased to announce Mandy Kennedy as its new Chief Executive Officer, a leader with a wealth of experience and passion to keep families close.

Board of Trustees Chairman Paul Deavoll says Mandy will replace Matthew Mark, who stepped down from the role in February, to become the new Christchurch City Missioner.

“We are excited to welcome Mandy to the Ronald McDonald House South Island (RMHSI) family. She brings with her a wealth of experience in both the charity and corporate sectors and we look forward to this new chapter for the organisation.”

Mandy comes to RMHSI from the Queenstown Trails Trust, where she has been the Chief Executive Officer of the charitable organisation for the last four years.

Her career spans across the non-profit, tourism and hospitality sectors. Before working for the Queenstown Trails Trust, Mandy was the Director of Business Development at the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa.

Mandy has held a variety of positions in the non-profit sector; Trustee on the Queenstown Primary School Board, Chairman of her local Scouts Group, and Trustee for the Baby Box Trust, a new organisation in the Queenstown-Lakes District to provide support for families with the arrival of new-borns.

As family and community are at the heart of Mandy’s ethos, she says the role at Ronald McDonald House is ‘a dream come true’.

“The opportunity to lead and work alongside a passionate, successful and caring team of a highly regarded charity ticks all the boxes for me.

“Every day the Ronald McDonald House team makes a significant difference to the lives of families in a very special way – I am relishing the opportunity to be a part of that.”

Mandy has moved to Christchurch with her husband David Kennedy, the former Ngai Tahu Tourism’s Southern Regional head, who is the new Lincoln Hospitality Chief Executive Officer.

The couple has a 10-year-old son Jack, who Mandy says is loving boogie boarding at Sumner beach.

To contact Mandy, call 03 377 3311 or email

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Applications now open for new CEO


Ronald McDonald House South Island farewells CEO Matthew Mark

Ronald McDonald House South Island CEO Matthew Mark is stepping down from the role after almost three years leading the organisation which supports hundreds of kiwi families every year.

“Since 2014, Matthew’s leadership has significantly contributed to ensuring we provide the best service to the families of children undergoing hospital treatment,” says the organisation’s Board of Trustees Chairman Paul Deavoll.

“We acknowledge his passion and unconditional commitment to the role, as well as his caring and steady leadership which is much admired by families, volunteers and staff. We wish him and his family all the best for the future.”

Mr Mark will officially stepdown at the end of March, before he begins his new role as Christchurch City Missioner.

Mr Deavoll says applications are now open to find the organisation’s new CEO.

“We are excited to find a candidate who is as passionate as our team about providing free accommodation and support to families, as well as continuing our strong relationship with donors and community supporters.”

Potential candidates can read the full job description and apply at:

For more information please contact Sally Wynn-Williams on 03 345 8759 or Sally Goldsmith on 03 345 8761

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IT companies ‘wow’ our families in Who’s Kitchen Rules 2016


Local IT companies stepped up to the challenge of this year’s ‘Who’s Kitchen Rules’ competition at our Christchurch House, with vBridge taking out the top spot.

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Give the gift of time to our families!

Give the gift of time to our families!

Check out our latest opportunities to volunteer in 2016. 

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Southland Stars set to Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Ready, set, Rock!

Southland stars and experienced dancers are set to take over town with rock ‘n’ roll next month, raising funds for the Ronald McDonald Family Room, Southland Hospital.  

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Dunedin darlings find strength in togetherness 

Dunedin darlings, Millie-Rose and Darcie

Newfound best friends Millie-Rose and Darcie, both 4, may have met under some of the most trying circumstances – but their mothers are thankful they’ve found each other.

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Share your Host a Roast selfie to be into win something sweet!

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Make sure you upload your Host A Roast selfie to our Facebook page competition with the hashtag #HostARoast to be into win a sweet treat for your next dinner party!

SBS Bank steps up (twice) to help meet growing demand at our facilities!

Growing demand for the accommodation and support provided by Ronald McDonald House South Island (RMHSI) in Christchurch and Invercargill has seen SBS Bank announce an increase to its sponsorship at both facilities.

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