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An Extended Family

“How’s the heartbeat?” “Three” It’s a response that will stay with triplet mum Rebecca Weatherall of Balfour forever. Husband Sam was busy working on the family dairy farm, so Rebecca...
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A Fresh New Look

The Ronald McDonald Family Room, Southland Hospital had a mini makeover completed in May. The four ensuite bedrooms were transformed with new LED lighting, carpet, paint, soft furnishings, smart TVs...
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A Feeling of Home

The Huggins family: Mum Amy, a teacher, Dad Nathan, a builder, 5-year-old Ryder and 3-year-old Tahlia live in the small village of Mt Somers, in rural mid-Canterbury. Their world was...
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A Place We Belong

Kylie Bellis and her family of five utilised our Ronald McDonald Family Room at Christchurch Hospital (Waipapa) when her 14-year-old son Korban was in a head-on collision, sustaining multiple and...
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Letting Mums be Mums

When twin boys, Oliver and Luca Mackintosh were born early at 36 weeks’ gestation, Mum Renee discovered the importance of having a comfortable space to spend time with whanau during...
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A Space to Recharge

February 2011 is a month I’ll never forget. I was 31 weeks pregnant when a routine visit with my midwife ended with me in Southland Hospital after my blood pressure...
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Community Aroha

“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of their commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.” There’s something to be...
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Resilience, Courage and Lockdown: A Father’s Journey

Not only has he had to live through the national lockdown due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, his six-year-old daughter Brianna has undergone treatment for a tumour and his wife has...
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What’s your Why? Mel and Daryl Coombes

House Warmers Mel and Daryl Coombes from Nelson are paying it forward by donating $10 a week to Ronald McDonald House South Island. The couple spent two nights at the...
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What’s your Why? Alex and Paula Moore

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...
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