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About us

Ronald McDonald House South Island is an independent charitable trust that helps families of seriously ill children. We help keep families together and close to the care their child needs.

In 2003 the 26-bedroom Christchurch House first opened, and provides more than 1,000 families with a ‘home away from home’ each year. There are more than 360 houses worldwide.

Our Mission

The mission of Ronald McDonald House South Island is to create, find and support programmes that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their family/whānau.

Our Vision

Provide access to a family-focused environment and support services for all family/whānau with a child needing health care.

Our core values

  • Focusing on the critical needs of children
  • Keeping families close™
  • Celebrating diversity
  • Operating with accountability and transparency

How we help families

  • We’re a home away from home: We’ve created an environment that is truly welcoming and provides respite from the hospital. Warm rooms, fully stocked kitchens and areas to be a family make our facilities feel just like home.
  • Peace of mind: when a child is sick, nothing else should matter. We help to relieve everyday financial and emotional stress like paying for accommodation or worrying about having a meal at the end of the day. And our facilities are close to hospitals, meaning parents are only moments from their children.
  • Supportive staff: We understand that each family deals with their challenges differently – our experienced Front of House Team offer comfort and support to families facing medical crises.
  • Understanding friends: House guests support one another. Being amongst families who empathise with each other provides a level support only those facing similar situations can understand.


Our Board of Trustees


Our Staff



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