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Brotherly Bond

In Finn van Loon’s first five months of life he had more medical adventures than most would ever encounter. To name just some, he experienced brain bleeds, a collapsed lung,...
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Hamish’s Story

When three-year-old Hamish began to feel unwell, his parents Ben and Olivia from Ashburton and his doctors thought he must have a common childhood viral infection. Six weeks later Hamish...
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RMHSI

Hard hats and hammers at the House that love built

She also knows that as the years go by, Ronald McDonald House South Island adapts to continue to best deliver its Mission – to create, find and support programmes that...
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Mum Reese, Dad Tapu and Milah

A Gracious Miracle

She’s not old enough to understand it yet, but when she is, Reese Harrison says she will tell her daughter about the role Ronald McDonald House South Island played in...
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Zoe Michelle and RMHSI team

An Invaluable Gift

The gate opens and Michelle Osgood and daughter Zoe drive out of Christchurch’s Ronald McDonald House for what should be the last time. As they turn onto the road, they...
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Harvey

Stevie, Clint and baby Harvey share their journey

Stevie White and partner Clinton from the West Coast have spent more than 100 nights at Ronald McDonald House South Island prior to and after the birth of son Harvey....
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Wendy Frew

The overwhelming kindness of strangers

It wasn’t until November 2020, when her son Buddie was born at just 36 weeks, that the significance of the Ronald McDonald Family Room in Southland Hospital really hit home....
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Money Box

Money Box Host

Money Box hosts are an important part of our fundraising community. Here, Rebecca Excell from the Winton Night ‘n Day, shares her story – she has recently put a Money Box...
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William

William’s Journey

When William was born, we discovered he had a genetic condition called Beckwith–Wiedemann syndrome (BWS), which is an overgrowth disorder. Unfortunately, this condition makes him more susceptible to some childhood...
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A year in the life of baby Harvey

A year in the life of baby Harvey

Stevie White and partner Clinton from the West Coast had spent more than 50 nights at Ronald McDonald House South Island prior to and after the birth of son Harvey....
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