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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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Volunteer Spotlight: Juliette Capaldi

What’s your name, where are you from and what’s your occupation? Juliette Capaldi, from Christchurch but married into the Capaldi name from Italy. I am a portrait photographer, specialising in...
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Miles Toyota: What’s Your Why

Ronald McDonald House South Island has received great support from the team at Miles Toyota over many years. This support has enabled us to welcome hundreds of families into a...
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Blake Lanauze

Care Flight

It was only days before Christmas last year when 7-month-old Blake had his first seizure. He was at home with his family – Mum Rachell, Dad Sam and 20-month-old brother...
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A Familiar Welcome

Shinée and Brandon Young of Riverton are the first to admit they knew nothing of the Ronald McDonald Family Room before they needed it. Now, having stayed twice in four...
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A Warm Welcome

Kristine Isurda lives in Christchurch with her family: husband Abner and daughters Nieve Zabbriah (4) and Amberleigh Rich (8 months). Kristine and Abner are both from the Philippines, but their...
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