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What's your Why? Alex and Paula Moore

"It was one of the only rooms not sponsored"

Sponsoring Room 27 at Ronald McDonald House in Christchurch was a bucket list item for Alex and Paula Moore of Cromwell ever since the room became their home for 133 nights in 2017 while their then three-year-old daughter Grace was treated for a brain tumour.

They noticed at the time, their room was one of the very few rooms without a sponsor, and knowing how much it had become a home for them during their stay at Ronald McDonald House South Island, the couple knew that one day, they would like to sponsor it.

That day came sooner than expected, after a charity basketball event Alex organised in Cromwell, well exceeded its $5,000 goal and raised $9,200 for Ronald McDonald House South Island.

Alex’s father-in-law Alistair, knowing that sponsoring the room was something the Moore’s wanted to do, suggested they might like to look into it.

“It wasn’t in our initial plan when we held the fundraiser that it would go towards the room,” Alex says.

“But the room is particularly special as two of my students from Remarkables Primary School and their families also stayed in it, so being able to sponsor it as a community makes it really
meaningful.”

In December, Paula and Alex came to Christchurch to officially unveil the plaque outside the room which reads “Cromwell Miners Basketball Club and the Community of Cromwell, with added love and support from Alex, Paula, Sophia, Grace and Beau Moore and Alistair and Sue Stuart.”

“It was quite an emotional feeling. Every time I go back, it’s emotional. It was really cool to see that you’re there and seeing it on the wall was really cool. It was really awesome,” Alex says.

Plans for an annual charity basketball event in Cromwell are in the pipeline.

If you would like to find out more about Room Sponsorship, please contact Fundraising Manager Jemma Balmer at jemma@rmhsi.org.nz 

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